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, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."


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