Thousands of Portland area students planning to join nationwide school walkout

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Students in New York City and its suburbs plan to walk out of class Wednesday morning as part of nationwide protests one month after the school shooting in Parkland, Fla.

While the national effort is promoting a 17-minute event - one minute for each of the victims - Haywood schools aren't holding the events to that time frame.

The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote this week on the STOP School Violence Act of 2018, the first major congressional vote on school safety since shooting.

Numerous protesters demanded that Congress take action to protect student lives by passing stricter gun control laws.

"Change never happens without backlash", said Kara Litwin, a senior at Pope High School in the Cobb County School District.

"We are the next generation of voters", said Cat Buchatskiy, a junior at Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge, where students plan to protest at Harvard Square.

In Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Texas, some lawyers said they will provide free legal help to students who are punished.

Private schools can forbid students from walking out or protesting.

Protests during non-instructional time - The NCAC is encouraging students to take advantage of non-class time.

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The demonstration is to raise awareness about the issues of school safety.

Carvalho is expected to join the walkout at iPrep Academy in Miami.

"Our principals know this is a teachable moment for our students", Roberts said.

In Massachusetts, which has the nation's lowest rate of gun deaths and some of the toughest gun laws, youth are advocating for legislation that would allow for family and household members to petition courts to temporarily remove guns from individuals who pose risks to the public or themselves - a so-called "red flag" law like those adopted in five states.

If there are specific events you need to be aware of at your child's school, your principal will follow up with more details.

Students at Columbia Gorge Community College campuses in Hood River and The Dalles will also walk out at 10 a.m. today.

"The school officials knew, law enforcement knew, they didn't do anything about it", Petty said. Administrators made it clear they are neither for, nor against students protesting, and would not stop the students' First Amendment rights.

The director of ACLU's Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project and a lawyer advising school districts told CNN, schools can't force students to stay on campus during a walkout but most schools probably hope they do so that they have control of the situation. If a walkout does occur, our schools and classes will continue on their normal schedule for students who choose not to participate.

Chief Mike Koval of the Madison Police Department said his department started planning logistics as soon as they heard about the plans and he respects their desire to peacefully protest.

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