Thousands of students across the country, including in our area..
Are planning to take part in a walkout tomorrow ..
As part of a national demonstration to end gun violence.
That walkout comes exactly one month after the shooting at a florida high school ... kezi nine news reporter amber wilmarth is live in the studio to explain why students believe this is important -- and to show us how school districts are preparing.
I spoke to several school officials in our area today and they all tell me that they respect their student's rights to free speech... at the same time -- they say the safest place for students... is in the classroom.
But safer schools -- is what students tell me they're pushing for.
Nats: i like how we're all coming together as one it's a nationwide, student-led effort... to promote change... collier, "i think gun violence right now is a big issue in america and i think the government kind of needs to do something about it.
I think the walkout is a good protest."
Collier and riley -- both sophomores at sheldon high -- say that's what they'll be doing wednesday at 10 a-m... they say this demonstration is not only to push for safer schools everywhere... but it's a tribute to those lives lost in florida last month... the walkout will last 17 minutes... riley, "i think it's important to remember the victims at least..17 minutes, one per victim.."
School districts have prepared for the walkout -- sending letters home to parents...none of them condone students leaving class...but some are making accommodations -- so that it's safe.
Principal, "because it's student driven and organized, we wanted to make sure they're safe the principal at springfield high say they'll have staff on hand to supervise.
He says students won't be marked tardy -- as long as they return to class within 10 minutes after the walkout.... but that's not the case elsewhere... students who walk out in the roseburg, bethel or 4-j district could get an unexcused absence or may be marked tardy if they choose to participate.
Kerry, "we respect our students' right to express their personal views, but during the school day, students should be in school."
In letters to parents -- both the roseburg and bethel districts say they will staff to supervise -- if a walkout occurs.
Live in the studio, amber wilmarth kezi