Kids across the country are staging walk-outs during the school day to protest the lack of gun control following a school shooting at a high school in Florida that left 17 people dead. One Texas school district will not tolerate students disrupting classes to make a political point.
According to the Houston Chronicle, Needville ISD Superintendent Curtis Rhodes sent a letter to families warning them that any student who gets up to leave class in the middle of the day will be punished. The letter, which was also published on Facebook, explained that students who do choose to leave would be "suspended from school for 3 days and face all the consequences that come along with an out of school suspension."
Rhodes warned parents that writing a note to excuse their child from class would not "alleviate the discipline" of students who choose to disrupt classes.
He said that "school is a place to learn and grow educationally, emotionally and morally," and that students need to "understand that we are here for an education and not a political protest."
There are two national school walkouts being planned to demand politicians enact gun control legislation. The first one is set for March 14, and is being organized by the same group that planned the national Women's March.
A second walkout is planned for April 20, which marks the 19th anniversary of the school shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado. The nationwide protest is being organized by a student who lives near Sandy Hook Elementary School, the location of a horrific mass shooting that left 20 young students and six staff members dead.
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