In Minn. & Across Nation, Students Plan Walk Out Protesting Gun Violence


TERM THING. I’M NOT BUYING A COUSINS JERSEY YET. DON’T NAME YOUR DOG AFTER HIM. STUDENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE EXPECTED TO WALK OUT OF THEIR CLASSROOMS TODAY TO PROTEST GUN VIOLENCE. ONE MONTH AFTER A TEENAGER KILLED 17 STUDENTS AND STAFF IN PARKLAND, FLORIDA, MARY McGUIRE IS LIVE IN ST. PAUL TALKING TO STUDENTS WHO PLAN TO WALK OUT TODAY. Reporter: OVER THE PAST MONTH WE HAVE SEEN SEVERAL STUDENTS WALK OUT OF SCHOOL. TODAY WILL BE THE LARGEST. STUDENTS TODAY IN ST. PAUL ARE EXPECTED TO TAKE PART IN THE EVENT TO PROTEST GUN VIOLENCE. STUDENTS AT HUNDREDS OF SCHOOLS ACROSS THE COUNTRY PLAN ON WALKING OUT OF THEIR BUILDINGS AT 10:00 A.M. THEY’LL PROTEST GUN VIOLENCE IN SCHOOLS AND ADVOCATING FOR STRICTER GUN CONTROL LAWS, LIKE A BAN ON ASSAULT-STYLE WEAPONS AND UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS. THE WALKOUT WILL LAST 17 MINUTES. ONE MINUTE FOR EACH VICTIM IN PARKLAND, FLORIDA. KIDS ARE WORRIED ABOUT THEIR SAFETY WHEN THEY COME TO SCHOOL. WE SHOULD FEEL SAFE WHEN WE COME TO SCHOOL. STUDENTS ARE NERVOUS. THEY THINK ABOUT IT A LOT. I CAN TELL THEY HAVE A HARD TIME ANALYZING IT AND KNOWING WHAT THEY SHOULD FEEL AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT. THEY DON’T FEEL SAFE. Reporter: OTHER SCHOOLS IN THE TWIN CITIES AREA ARE PLANNING INDOOR RALLIES LIKE WASHINGTON TECHNOLOGY IN ST. PAUL. STUDENTS ARE PLANNING ON FORMING A HUMAN CHAIN HOLDING HANDS IN A I — CIRCLE AROUND THE SCHOOL BUILDING. THOUSANDS ARE PLANNING TO PARTICIPATE TODAY. THAT DOESN’T MEAN EVERY SCHOOL IN NATION IS DOING IT. MANY CITED SAFETY CONCERNS AND THE ISSUE OF UNEXCUSED ABSENCES IS REASONS FOR NOT PARTICIPATING. A LOT OF THESE KIDS APPLYING TO COLLEGE SOON. IF THEY GET SUSPENDED THEY HAVE TO MARK IT ON THE APPLICATIONS. COLLEGES HAVE BEEN SPEAKING OUT ABOUT THIS. Reporter: RIGHT. I REMEMBER WHEN I WAS APPLYING TO COLLEGE YOU HAD TO MARK IF YOU ARE DISCIPLINED FOR AN UNEXCUSED ABSENCE. SCHOOLS LIKE THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN MADISON COME OUT AND SAID THEY ARE ENCOURAGING STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS DAY OF ACTION. THEY WILL NOT BE PENALIZED ON THEIR APPLICATIONS FOR

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