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LPSS cancels walkout for students in favor of moment of silence

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The Lafayette Parish School Board has made the decision to cancel the scheduled walkout to commemorate the 17 students and teachers killed last month at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. 

The change came after a motion from board member Jeremy Hidalgo who expressed concerns from law enforcement and parents on the walk out. During the meeting, concerns that students would not act accordingly in regards to the peaceful walkout. 

He proposed a moment of silence for students in the parish on the day the walkout was to occur. Students will be allowed to wear blue in support of the cause. 

The board voted in approval after some debate on the subject. A moment of silence will now be held on March 14, 2018, starting at 10:00 a.m. Students wishing to wear blue that day.

Both parents and school board members at the meeting expressed mixed opinions on the proposal to cancel the walkout. The board's vote was not unanimous.

Members did not discuss what may happen to students who still decide to walk out on March 14. That decision will be made Thursday morning, according to Joe Craig, Chief Administrative Officer for the LPSS. 

Other parishes are still considering options on similar walkouts and march happening in coordination with "March for Our Lives" event March 24, 2018. Read more here

KATC's Justice Henderson was at the meeting Wednesday night and had a live recap on Facebook.

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