Texas school district is threatening to suspend students who protest gun violence during school hours

Students gather on the steps of the old Florida Capitol to protest against gun violence in Tallahassee, Florida, on Wednesday. A school district in Texas, has threatened to suspect students who participate in similar protest events.

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A Texas school district is threatening to suspend students who protest gun violence during the school hours as “walkouts” among young activists take place around the country.

Curtis Rhodes, Superintendent of the Needville Independent School District, said in a letter posted on Facebook and allegedly sent home to students on Tuesday that while the school district is very sensitive to violence in schools, such as the recent incident in Florida,” the district “will not allow a demonstration of students during the school day for any form of protest or consciousness!!”


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If a student elects to protest, the school district, said they will suspend for three days, and they will be “the face of all the consequences which, together with a school suspension.”

The district’s letter, which was posted on Needville High School’s Facebook page, was pulled down Wednesday.

Student-activists have organised a number of marches nationwide following last week’s mass shooting at marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in parkland, Florida, where a gunman with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle to fatally shoot 17 people.

Protesters take part in a student protest for the control of the legislation in front of the White House Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Washington.

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Students in Florida on Wednesday walked out of their schools to show solidarity with the victims, while also allowing more stringent gun control laws.


The organizers behind the Women’s March, an anti-Trump, and female empowerment protest called for a 17-minute, nationwide walkout by teachers and students at 10 am on 14 March.

Millbrook High School students demonstrate against gun violence outside their school in Frederick County, Virginia, on Wednesday.

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“Students and staff have the right to teach and learn in an environment free from the worry of being shot in the classroom or on the way home from school,” the group argued.

March For Our Lives, a group formed by the survivors of last week’s shooting, has also organized a march on Washington, D. C. on March 24, “the question that a comprehensive and effective bill to be immediately brought before Congress to have these gun problems.”


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The Network for Public Education, an association that works for the public schools, announced a day of walkouts, sit-ins and other events on the campuses, on April 20 — the anniversary of the 1999 shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado that left 12 students and a teacher dead.

The Needville school district said everyone who participates in the “movement” will be disciplined, “regardless of whether it is one, fifty or five hundred students involved.”

The superintendent said students should “respect” themselves and other students, and must “you must understand that we are here for an education and not a political protest.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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