At other schools, including those in Lake and Orange, principals have worked with students to plan the events, setting up displays of 17 empty chairs or desks, arranging choral or bell-ringing performances and allowing students to hand out fliers and give speeches. Others were to hold demonstrations in school gyms or on football fields.
"I don't see our kids walking out as much I do foresee them sitting in", Holt said. The group represents the youth branch of the Women's March.
Students across the world plan to walk out of their classes on Wednesday morning to honor those killed at Florida high school in February and press lawmakers for stricter gun control laws.
Most local walkouts are scheduled for 10 a.m., with a few starting between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Students from high schools, middle schools and elementary schools will participate.
Harb said he is convinced that school districts would be better served spending that money to hire more school counselors, to help spot potential school shooters and prevent future tragedies. Students who don't want to participate could bring a note from a parent to opt out.
"You can't make political statements, it can't be a pro-gun or anti-gun assembly", Thomas told the Pensacola News-Journal. However, they have been invited to complete an online survey about school safety.
Students will then return to the building after the program.
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"We are the next generation of voters", said Cat Buchatskiy, a junior at Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge, where students plan to protest at Harvard Square.
This nationwide action is one of several protests planned for coming weeks.
Bill Nolte, interim superintendent for Haywood County Schools, is leaving the decision on how to mark the day up to each school principal.
After the walkout today, some students in MA say they plan to rally outside the Springfield headquarters of the gun maker Smith & Wesson.
Schools can issue unexcused absences, assign extra work or discipline students who don't adhere to school policy, but non-disruptive, organized protests and walkouts are protected.
"We want our Congress to know that some of us will be old enough to vote in the midterm elections, and the rest of us are going to be able to vote in 2020 or 2022, and they're going to lose their job if they don't do what we want to keep us safe", Younis said. "For too long, those same adults that don't want us to walk out have been very apathetic and haven't taken action in making sure that gun control happens", he said. Lowcountry schools and school districts have varied widely on their response. "I've watched the videos about the students in Parkland". "For me personally this is something I believe in, this is something I will go to the ends of the Earth for".