Kentucky students to participate in national walkout Wednesday
JESSAMINE COUNTY, Ky. - On March 14 at 10 a.m., students across the country will walk out of class. It's part of the #Enough movement, which aims to raise awareness about gun violence and school safety.
Students at dozens of schools across Kentucky plan to participate. In Jessamine County, a handful of students have been working hard to coordinate a walkout at West Jessamine High School.
The students say they want to honor the victims of recent school shootings in both Marshall County and Parkland, Florida.
"These were real people and their lives are just erased now and I feel it's our duty to stand up for them and advocate for a better future for our students," said senior, Alexa Meza.
The protest will last 17 minutes - a minute for each victim killed in Parkland, Florida. The students at West Jessamine plan to read the names of the victims during that time. They say this movement is about giving students a voice.
"These things that strike so close to home are vital in getting young people engaged in politics and in the civic world in general," said senior, Perry Allen.
Many of these walkouts are not school sponsored, however, administrations across the country are stepping up to support their students.
West Jessamine High School Interim Principal Marci Smith said while this is not a school-sponsored event, she does support her students and no one who participates will face any disciplinary action.
"I wanted to support them while encouraging them to do it the right away," Smith said. "I said guys, the only thing we can't do is make this a partisan issue. I don't want this to turn into gun control versus should teachers have guns versus all of those different sides of the issue. I didn't want to go there because as soon as you go there, some students feel alienated," Smith said.
Administrators have worked with the student leaders to make sure the demonstration they have planned is safe.
If a student does not want to participate, they do not have to. However, they will have the chance to learn how to contact their lawmakers and register to vote during a presentation.
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