What we know about the Florida gun-school safety bill

Terry High School students stand outside to protest black history month event cancelled at school Source WLBT

Terry High School students stand outside to protest black history month event cancelled at school Source WLBT

A planned high school walkout in the Bitterroot next week has caused some controversy among parents and community members.

The message was sent to News 3 by a parent of a VBCPS student. "You can ask the students to use this walkout to remember all those innocent people that have been victims, but don't even try to say that this is not about gun control".

Beasley said he believes it is important to give students a voice "concerning critical matters that have a direct impact on their lives".

"At its face value or kids want to have a voice". Teachers who perform additional duties, like coaching football or heading the drama club, would be allowed to participate, as would other school staff like administrators and cafeteria workers.

Stoneman Douglas band director Alex Kaminsky told the California students how much their support has meant to the Florida students. "We could all be victims of it at any moment", she said.

"The failure of Broward County public schools, and of the principal and school resource officer to adequately protect students, and in particular our client, from life-threatening harm were unreasonable, callous and negligent", the family's lawyer, Alex Arreaza, said in the notice. Additional walkouts are being planned for April 20, the 19th anniversary of the massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado. "If a walkout should occur at any of our schools, we will deploy staff as necessary to ensure student safety", his notification to parents said. "I'm exhausted of living in fear that the school is not safe", said Staton.

Thousands of students are expected to join their peers across the country in the 17-minute National School Walkout on March 14.

On Feb. 28 Colleen Ellis, a BHS junior, announced to the Barnstable School Committee the formation of the Cape Cod Student Council specifically in response to the Parkland killings. According to organizers, the walkout is a call to Congress to "pass legislation to keep us safe from gun violence at our schools, on our streets, and in our homes and places of worship". We want our students to make good choices, treat others with respect and act in a responsible and safe manner. After a fire drill last fall, she admitted that "we had to learn some things".

"We are planning on taking a step back and reevaluating how we think about our security", Bezek said. "Some students are not in agreement with it and some are just wondering what they can do to support their fellow students".

McNeill said "we spend a lot of time" preparing the school community on safety measures, including teachers having to watch videos on active shooter situations.

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