University supports prospective students' protest

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University supports prospective students' protest

Prompted by the February 14 school shooting in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 dead, the Women's March Youth EMPOWER group is calling for schools around the country to take part in a 17-minute national school walkout March 14 at 10 a.m. - one minute for every Parkland victim.

The school's administration took steps to provide security during the events.

The post has been shared 4,548 times and has attracted hundreds of comments expressing strong support of the decision.

The administration gave its blessing to the students' right to assemble.

The students are calling their movement #Standfor214.

Additional protests organized by other groups are planned for March 24 and April 20. If a school has not made an official statement regarding the #NeverAgain movement, users can fill out a pre-made form urging the administration to get involved. Their parents filed a lawsuit and the Supreme Court found that this was a violation of the students' First Amendment rights.

NEWSChannel 2 crews will not be allowed into the school, and students tell us that school officials reminded them it is a "red zone", meaning they are not allowed to use their cell phones, so no photos or video will be available.

NCSU Chancellor Randy Woodson said applicants and admitted students are asked to honestly disclose school discipline, but the university's primary interest is in keeping the campus safe.

This comes on the heels of news that some high school districts will punish protesters.

"Boston College mourns the victims of the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida", Mahoney said.

I'm reminded of a central theme of the strategic plan, "NACAC will provide the counseling and admission profession with knowledge, research, and tools to ensure all students have access to higher education". "But the way they've approached us, we're supportive of our students of how they've started to organize this".

While schools across the country are suspending students for walking out or protesting, Ogden School District is supporting them. You may decide that you are willing to incur those penalties, but keep in mind to consider alternative methods of advocacy and protest as well. Letters on school websites from superintendents in Arlington and Henrico County do not address potential walkouts, but discussed ongoing efforts in safety and security.

So students, wherever you are, do what you must to carry forth your message in a manner that respects the lives of the 17 innocents lost to this tragedy and reflects the peace you seek. Like the students, you should also consider that there may be another approach altogether. A Facebook page indicates Dallas students will participate in the event, with a gathering at City Hall Plaza from noon to 3 p.m. "Grimsley is so diverse and it's a very large school that many people will realize that they can stand up and they can have this in our school". "Chapman University is a community that proudly supports freedom of speech and is rooted in social engagement and global citizenship".

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