Students plan and lead March 14 walkout

Written by: Ellie Harris, Opinion Editor

Written by: Alex Mohr, Feature Writer

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Activist organization Women’s March Youth Empower has organized a nation-wide walkout against gun violence at 10 a.m. March 14. Students can choose to walkout of school for 17 minutes to show respect for the 17 victims killed in last month’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.

The NPHS students who plan to participate will walk out at the beginning of lab B. Students who choose to walk out might not be counted absent if they attend lab A and return to their classrooms after the 17 minutes are over. If a teacher marks a student absent, that student can fill out an excused absence form provided by the office. This will make an excused absence in place of the original absence.

School administration is allowing students to exercise their First Amendment rights while not taking a stance on the issue.

Administrators have worked to make this a safe protest. Per plan, students will walk out of school and onto the football field, under supervision from some of the NPHS staff.

“For the most part, when students take a stand on something like this, it’s well thought out. They have very valid points, whichever side you land on,” NPHS principal Keith Fessler said. “I think it’s important to listen because a lot of times, most of the time our kids make some really solid positive points on either side of the issue.”

The baseball field is being set aside for students who wish to plan to counter-protest.

NPHS students have opposing opinions regarding the walkout.

“I do not agree with the reasoning for it because I do not believe stricter gun laws will change anything,” senior Adam Reed said.

“I think it’s a good opportunity for people to show how they feel about current issues,” senior Ethan Fairbanks said. “I wish it would have been organized a bit better.”

“I think it’s important that we express our opinions on politics in a safe and reasonable way where we are not going to get punished for it, and I feel like this is a way that we can do that,” senior Kimberly Ingold said.

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