What to expect for the national school walkout
Urbana, Ill. (WCCU) —
At 10 a.m. Wednesday, students are expected to walk out of class for 17 minutes—a minute for each of the victims of the Parkland School Shooting.
This nationwide protest was organized by students for students—with a lot of planning taking place on social media.
By walking out, students are calling on Congress to take action to stop gun violence in their schools and neighborhoods.
Schools in the east central Illinois area, like Champaign unit 4, Urbana district 116, and Rantoul district 137 said they will allow the walkout and not punish students as long as they aren't being disruptive.
"I'm confident that they will approach this the way they do everything else, which is, you know thinking very thoughtfully on how to make an impact," said Urbana School District Superintendent Donald Owen.
A School discouraging the walkout is Oakwood High School. In a press release, the school said if students decide to leave, they will receive an unexcused absence.
The ACLU is reminding students online of their rights—saying all students have the first amendment right to protest in a civil way.
Many parents said they are proud of their child as long as the walkout is safe.
Just as students have a right to walkout students also have the right not to participate if they don't want to.
"Make sure that they understand that, yeah, this is an anomaly,” Owen said. “It is hard to deal with and be there to support them and we are here to support you."