Women donned shirts to support Moms Demand Action, a nonpartisan organization to reduce gun violence, at a candle light vigil in Franklin on Feb. 19 for the people who died in the Parkland, Florida school shooting.//Photo by Brooke Wanser
By MATT BLOIS
Some students in Williamson County are planning to walk out of class on March 14 to protest gun violence in schools, but the district won’t penalize them for protesting.
Superintendent Mike Looney sent an email to parents on Wednesday that said the district is not promoting participation, but will recognize the students’ right to protest.
In the email Looney writes that students who walk out will have to make up any assignments they miss, and they won’t be able to leave campus without being checked out by a parent.
The students will be expected to assemble in predetermined locations chosen by school administrators. Looney writes that the district is focusing on safety and won’t permit demonstrations that disrupt school operations of threaten school safety.
According to the email, some students have already talked with school principals about the walk out. Williamson County Schools Communications Director Carol Birdsong said that the letter is a district wide policy.
Students plan to walk out of class at 10 a.m. for 17 minutes on March 14.