Students to demand stronger gun control on walkout day

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Students across the nation will walk out of school Wednesday for 17 minutes to demand stronger gun control.

The "national school walkout day" is being organized on social media by the National Women's March group, EMPOWER. The day is an effort to remember the victims and call for stricter gun control following the Parkland, Florida, school massacre.

Many Long Island schools are planning to hold moments of silence and have other in-school memorials on Wednesday.

School officials in many districts on the Island tell News 12 Long Island that students who leave the campus as part of the protest could face disciplinary action over safety concerns.

While Huntington Superintendent James Polansky tells News 12 that students will not be entitled to make up any work missed during the protest, the students who do walk out will be surrounded by security and school staff during those 17 minutes.

Meanwhile, a professor of communications law at Adelphi University tells News 12 that the manner in which schools respond to the walkout is complicated, as they won’t want to be seen as either hampering students’ right to free speech or endorsing a protest with political overtones.

News 12 has learned that several Long Island districts have in fact already sent home letters to parents detailing the planned response to a walkout.

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