Campbell Co. schools allowing students to participate in national walk out

Therese Gachnauer, center, a 18 year old senior from Chiles High School and Kwane Gatlin, right, a 19 year old senior from Lincoln High School, both in Tallahassee, join fellow students protesting gun violence on the steps of the old Florida Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. Students at schools across Broward and Miami-Dade counties in South Florida planned short walkouts Wednesday, the one week anniversary of the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser

CAMPBELL Co., Va. (WSET) -- Campbell County Public Schools said they are neither encouraging nor discouraging students to participate in the national walk out planned for March 14 across the country.

More than 18,000 people around the country plan to take part in the 17-minute walk out from 10 a.m. to 10:17 a.m.

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Campbell County schools said it respects every individual's right to free expression and peaceful assembly.

If they choose, Campbell County students will be allowed to participate in a peaceful manner.

In a statement, the school system said their number one priority will be safety and at 10 a.m., students wishing to participate will be allowed to assembly for 17 minutes under the supervision of school staff in a safe location that the administration will announce that morning.

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For safety purposes, only students will be allowed to participate.

Students who wish to remain in class and not participate will remain in their classroom with their teacher.

After the 17 minute walk out, students will be expected to return to class and resume normal school activities.

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