Lynchburg high school students asking school board to support National Walk Out

Students gather on the steps of the old Florida Capitol protesting gun violence 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)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- Next week, students across the nation are preparing for a walk out on March 14.

After the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida left 17 dead and over a dozen injured, scores of students, many not even old enough to vote, have been pushed into a position of political leadership in the national debate over gun violence.

Some students want to be part of it here at home; students at E.C. Glass High School plan to walk out from school the day of the National School Walk Out.

Students approached the Lynchburg City School Board at their meeting on Tuesday, March 6 to ask the board for its support during the National Walk Out.

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

"This is what they wanted, they wanted action. They didn't want thoughts and prayers, they wanted action," said E.C. Glass sophomore, Kate Staton. "I want anyone who wants to be involved in planning an event, I want them to be able to."

Lynchburg City Schools says its principals are "working directly with their student councils to determine how schools will support the students in this initiative."

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Staton is not a part of student council, but wants in on the planning.

"The SGA is elected to organize things like prom, not to voice our concerns in political or important things like walking out on March 14," she said.

From 10 a.m. to 10:17 a.m., Staton plans to join her classmates across the country and walk out.

The school system issued a statement, saying they support student activities to honor victims of recent tragedy.

Lynchburg City Schools students, faculty, and staff continue to grieve with the Parkland community and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, where 17 students and teachers were victims of gun violence on their school campus last month. We stand in support of the survivors and their efforts to affect change.
As school leaders, we are moved out of a duty to our students. We find inspiration in the voices and actions of the students who are not going about business as usual. We are parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and all former students ourselves. We are responsible for the education, safety, and welfare of our children each and every school day.
On March 14, LCS administrators will be collaborating with students and teachers at all secondary schools to support activities that honor victims of the recent tragedy. Principals are working directly with their student councils to determine how the schools will support the students in this initiative.
LCS respects each individual’s right to peaceful assembly and free expression, within limits of ensuring safety and security. Therefore, these events are not open to the public.

Kate's Mom, Jennifer, is happy to hear that they will support the students.

"I think the kids in Parkland are an incredible example of leadership and tenacity in the face of tragedy," she said. "I love that our kids are stepping up and saying I want to be a part of that."

She hopes her daughter will be able to be part of the planning process.

On March 24, a nation wide March for Our Lives will take place across the nation as well.

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