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March for Our Lives: What are local systems doing?

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On March 24, children and adults across the nation will march in support of ending gun violence and mass shootings. On March 14, a National School Walk Out in support of the effort and to remember the 17 people who died in last month's mass shooting. 

A major march is planned in Washington D.C., led by the survivors of the recent mass shooting in a Florida high school, but smaller protests are planned in communities in every state as well.

After Lafayette students began organizing to participate, the Lafayette Parish School System issued a statement in support of students' rights to express their views, and issued this statement:

"Lafayette Parish administrators recognize the significance of the National School Walkout, scheduled for March 14, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Students in all schools will be allowed to participate peacefully in the 17-minute walkout without fear of disciplinary consequences. Principals are reaching out to their students and faculties in order to coordinate and organize this event. The walkout highlights the rights of teachers and students to teach and learn in a safe school environment. The walkout supports the position that change is necessary in order to provide a school setting that is free from the fear of being harmed at school."

That same day, a memo was sent to parents indicating that they must give permission for their student to participate in the walk-out. Children who are not allowed to participate in the silent walk-out may either watch a slide show that highlights the 17 children who died in Florida, or they may read in their classroom. The decision is up to the parent, according to the memo. 

We've reached out to the school systems in our viewing area, and learned that several are making plans for the event. 

In Iberia Parish, the issue was discussed at this morning's principals meeting, Superintendent Dale Henderson said, but no plans have been made yet. 

In Acadia Parish, Superintendent John Bourque said high schools will "make accommodations for those who want to protest."

Calcasieu Parish officials tell us they're working on the logistics but don't have final plans in place yet. 

This is a developing story, so we will update this post as we receive more information from other systems. 

For more information about the March for Our Lives planned by the survivors of the Florida shooting, click here

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