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LPSS students plan to walk out, no matter what administration says

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In hopes of avoiding any disturbance or political statement, Lafayette Parish School System has an alternative for students wanting to stand in solidarity with the nationwide walkout next Wednesday.

"In lieu of the walkout at 10 o'clock, after the morning announcements, we'll have a one minute moment of silence, and we'll continue instruction throughout the rest of the day, including at 10 o'clock," says LPSS Chief Administrative Officer, Joe Craig.

Some students say they plan to walk out regardless of the consequence.

"We're honestly kind of glad that LPSS has canceled this because it's our thing, it's our power, and we understand that we may get punished for it but that's a risk that we're all willing to take," says Lafayette High School freshman and walkout leader, Lily Fitzgerald.

For the freshman walkout leader, any punishment is a small price to pay for what she'll stand for. 

"Just like the students in Parkland, their voices were taken, students in Columbine, their voices were taken, and so this is our voices," says Fitzgerald.

Respecting the students' right to a peaceful demonstration, LPSS won't penalize students who leave class for those 17 minutes.

"If they walk out and they are well behaved, do not disrupt any other classes, we're going to go ahead and continue teaching in the classes, but we're not going to seek out those students in terms of disciplinary action," says Craig.

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