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FL School District Says It Will “Expel” Students Who Walk Out Of Class To Protest

While more than 30 South Florida schools walked out to protest America’s gun laws on Wednesday, one Florida school district was not prepared to let its students do the same.

The Levy County School board said that they would expel students who participated in the National Student Walkout on Wednesday.

The statement came in a Facebook post made on the official school board page.

“While students have a first amendment right of freedom of speech it cannot be done so in a manner that is disruptive to the school environment,” The official school board communication said. “We cannot have students just leaving campus without the proper checkout procedures being followed.”

Thousands of students in South Florida walked out from their schools to protest what they perceive as America’s weak gun laws.

READ MORE: Live Coverage-South Florida Students Walk Out En Masse To Demand Gun Control Changes

In some cases in South Florida, schools let their students out early to facilitate their right to protest.

The Coral Springs Police Department even deployed officers to keep students safe while protesting near busy streets.

The walk out movement has sprung up in the aftermath of the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland last week.

Despite an incredible upswing in youth activism since the shooting, the Levy County School Board seems unmoved.

The Miami Monster called the Levy County School Board for comment but no one was available to speak to us in an official capacity.

The person who answered the phone said that students would be able to participate in a walkout, but only if a parent signed them out of school to do so.

“We do encourage supporting keeping our schools and campuses safe and encourage students to make their voices heard to policy makers,” The statement on the Facebook page reads. “I encourage you to encourage them to make sure that their opinions and voices are heard in a positive manner.”

Levy County School Board posted the controversial statement to its official Facebook page.

The statement then went on to cite the official board policy:

“Any student who participates in a boycott, walkout, sit-in, strike, or any similar
disruptive action which interferes with the orderly operation of the school shall be
deemed guilty of serious misconduct and shall be subject to suspension or
expulsion from school.”

Levy County is located in Northwest Florida and is one of Florida’s smallest and most conservative voting counties.

The School Board oversees 12 schools in total and serves a population of just over 40,000 people.

Over 70% of the county voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 election.

So what do you think? Should students run the risk of being punished for walking out of school to protest America’s gun laws? Tell us in the comments. 

Cover Photo Credit: @karlarosario10/ Twitter

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This story is from The Miami Monster, a new brand focused on telling the true stories of what life is like for a young person living in South Florida. Be sure to also follow our founder Joel Franco on Twitter to keep up to date with the latest breaking news in the area.  You can send news tips to editor@risenews.net. 

LIVE COVERAGE: South Florida Students Walk Out En Masse To Demand Gun Control Changes

UPDATED: 7:35 PM EST

At noon today, thousands of students at dozens of South Florida high schools walked out of class in order to protest Americ6’s gun laws.

By our (still ongoing count), close to 30 different schools were involved in the protest in the tri-county area.

We’ll be bringing you coverage of this historic event throughout the day.

Has your school walked out?

Send us pictures and videos of it either via email to editor@risenews.net or via Twitter DM to @OfficialJoelF.

South Florida Schools That Have Walked Out:

(Did your school walk out but you don’t see it on our list? Let us KNOW!)

Omni Middle School (Boca Raton)

-According to a reporter with the Palm Beach Post, dozens of middle schools kids at Omni Middle School in Boca jumped over a fence to protest.  

School For Advanced Studies North Campus 

 

School For Advanced Studies Wolfson Campus 

Pembroke Pines Charter High School 

Barbara Goleman

Miami Arts Charter School

North Broward Prep

John A. Ferguson High School

Everglades High School

Coral Reef Senior High

Coconut Creek High 

Miami Lakes Educational Center

Miami Design And Architecture High School

Miami Beach Senior High

Palmetto High 

Miami Jackson High 

Southwest Miami Senior High

Felix Varela Senior High

G Holmes Braddock High School

Miami Edison

-We received a report from a Miami real estate agent who said he saw students walk out from Edison. Working to get video.

Coral Glades High

Coral Springs High 

Jose Marti MAST

Miami Killian Senior High

Ronald Reagan High School 

Mater Academy 

-Students walked out right as the clocked struck 12 PM according to a student.

Cooper City High School

Cypress Bay High School 

Students walked out of Cypress Bay High School at 10 AM Wednesday. Photo Credit: @valfuenmayorr/ Twitter

-Students at Cypress Bay walked out at 10 AM with handmade signs.

Champagnat Catholic School

Hialeah Senior High 

Photo Credit: @Nila_bruhh/ Twitter

Photo Credit: @Nila_bruhh/ Twitter

Other Protests:

 

Florida State University

-Thousands of FSU students are marching to the state capitol.

-Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum is attending a protest at the capitol as well.

Iowa City, Iowa

Arizona


This story is from The Miami Monster, a new brand focused on telling the true stories of what life is like for a young person living in South Florida. Be sure to also follow our founder Joel Franco on Twitter to keep up to date with the latest breaking news in the area.  You can send news tips to editor@risenews.net. 

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