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The objective of the National School Walkout is to "demand Congress pass legislation to keep us safe from gun violence at our schools, on our streets and in our homes and places of worship", according to its website. The page is administered by Ravalli County State Rep. Theresa Manzella.

Farmakis said she hopes the event in Lake Geneva and other communities gets the attention of congressmen and other government leaders who have the power to take action against gun violence. Seventeen people were killed, making it one of the world's deadliest school massacres. In the words of Mahatma Gandhi, we must "be the change we wish to see in the world". "There aren't many kids here who are planning to but if they do we'll protect their right to express their freedom", Weinhold said. "This is a bait and switch about to be performed on our minor children's emotions and it's disgusting".

DeVoy said she, too, was shocked by the Florida shooting.

Proviso West students will take their lead on March 14 and stage a walkout of their own, along with students across the country.

The walkout comes a month after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which has fueled national and local conversations about students' safety in schools. "This is an extremely complex issue, which can't be distilled to the simplicity of First Amendment vs". Each school district would decide whether to opt in.

What if the student does not have a note and chooses to walk out?

What's new: Wednesday marked the first full day of classes at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Tables will be set up for students to register to vote, sign petitions and write letters to students at MSD.

Featured image: Students walk out of Oak Park and River Forest High School on February 21.

Civil rights advocates have said allowing school staff to carry guns would pose a particular risk to minority students, who they say stand a greater chance of being shot in a confrontation by armed personnel.

Later the same day, Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade made a surprise visit to the school, meeting with students and staff, and telling them that he was "inspired by all of you". "The concern is that they will be used as pawns in a political statement".

"I just can't imagine that Nikolas Cruz can commit such a heinous crime and then potentially we tell a 20 year-old woman living alone that she cannot buy a firearm to defend herself", said Rep. Jay Fant, R-Jacksonville, who is running for Attorney General.

The teenagers said they've spread the word by creating a Facebook messenger group chat. "That's what you're seeing happen". And while bearing arms could be an "option" for certain highly-trained school personnel, it's "certainly not one that needs to be required or mandated for every community", she added.