South Side Students Walk Out

Some South Side students have had enough. At 10 am on March 14, students who choose to be part of the March 14 walk out will gather together for 17 minutes to protest Congress’ inaction to the gun violence in our schools and neighborhoods. The number is symbolic of the 17 victims of the Parkland, Florida shooting. The 17-minute walkout is one of hundreds that will be held across the United States and was organized by the Women’s March Youth EMPOWER nonprofit.

“They have a free speech right that needs to be protected,” Schools Superintendent Dr. William Johnson told parents and community members at Rockville Centre’s Feb. 28 Board of Education meeting. “We understand that, but in addition to that, we have an obligation to make sure that whatever happens, happens safely.”

Those who do not wish to participate may stay in their classrooms.

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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine and Caribbean Travel & Life, Heather is chauffeur to 3 busy kids; the president of her Home and School Association; and VP of Marketing for TipsFromTown. And she's passionate about all 3!