The National School Walkout is Wednesday.
The event is a nationwide memorial and protest in honor of the 17 people who lost their lives in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.
It will take place at 10 a.m. across all time zones and last for 17 minutes – one minute for each person who died.
The walkout will take many students, teachers, staff out of their classrooms to push for changes in gun laws. Parents and others may join the walkouts as well.
Ahead of the event, some questions surround student participation:
Can students get in trouble for taking part?
Generally, no. In 1969, the Supreme Court ruled that students don’t lose their freedom of speech or expression when they come to school.
Still, students need to do their homework and could get hit with an unexcused absence if they walk out. It’s probably not a big problem unless they regularly miss classes.
But not all school systems are handling it the same way.
The Needville Independent School District in Texas has said that anyone participating in walkouts or protests would be suspended for three days.
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