Friday, 23 March, 2018

Florida Legislature Passes Bill Allowing Guns On Campus

Westlake High School to hold Justice Fair on March 14 Westlake High School to hold Justice Fair on March 14
Melissa Porter | 08 March, 2018, 18:28

The March 14 walkout is one of many events planned this spring to remember victims of school shootings and to protest gun violence.

LA Unified, the second largest school district in the country, voted on a list of demands made of the federal government that include increased funding for student mental health services and research on gun violence, but their biggest requests include gun reform, banning assault weapons, universal background checks and licensing and training for gun owners.

A Florida grand jury formally indicted Nikolas Cruz on Wednesday on 17 counts of premeditated murder in the first degree and 17 counts of attempted murder in the first degree for last month's shooting spree at a high school in Parkland, prosecutors said.

Students throughout the Inland Northwest have planned walkouts following the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, leaving school officials searching for ways to address the protests.

"I don't think this is something I can ignore", he said.

"We just want advance notice", said Dan Hollar, a district spokesman. Schools like Powdersville are taking a neutral approach, allowing the walkout but not encouraging it. Students who wish not to participate at the school are asked to remain in class, said Ferguson. He said they will use the event as a learning opportunity for students as they study civil rights.

"We're encouraging other actions", she said of the walkout.

For freshman Ellie Boone, the walkout is an important thing to be a part of given the increased backlash against gun violence in schools, especially with Parkland. The walkout will take place at 10 a.m. during second block. "So our point is to encourage the community to talk and start a conversation about what we can do for our students", Reid said.

District policy says absences due to illness, family emergencies, recognized religious observances and school-sponsored activities are excused and will not count as truancy.

Superintendent Terry Bouck said the district's top priority is the safety of students.

If students do not have a signed slip, they will not be allowed to participate.

Sophia Pappalardo, vice president of the student body at Half Moon Bay High School, along with fellow students and administration, is working to bring those walkouts to her school. "If we tried to artificially contain this, we'd end up with discipline issues". Though she was there to hold "listening session", many students-and reporters-felt she did anything but listen, and they left the meeting feeling, in so many words, unimpressed.