Clark County students plan Wednesday walkout to honor lives lost in Parkland massacre
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) —
Clark County students are preparing to speak out about campus safety. On Wednesday, school walkouts are planned across the country, including walkouts right here in Las Vegas.
The walkouts are all about feeling safe at school. The walkout on Wednesday will begin at 10:00 a.m. and in most cases last just 17 minutes -- honoring each of the 17 lives lost in Parkland.
The walkout is part of a movement that's been building since February 14. High school students will be taking a stand following the on-campus massacre in Parkland, Florida.
Here in Clark County, sophomore Meyraf Severo is organizing a walkout at Silverado High School on Wednesday.
“It’s going to be in silence,” said Severo. “No signs, no chanting. Remembering the 17 lives lost in Parkland.”
Clark County students certainly aren't alone. All over the country, teenagers are getting involved and demanding change.
Still, there are questions about Wednesday's nationwide protest and whether students will be punished.
Kirsten Searer with CCSD says Nevada law requires the district mark students tardy or unexcused if they miss a portion of a class. But there will be no other consequences.
“No suspensions, no taking away of honors diplomas -- nothing like that,” said Searer.
Overall, she says, the district supports students taking a stand on major social issues.
“We're just asking that they work with administrators to try to conduct some sort of event on campus where we know they're safe,” said Searer.
Last week, the ACLU of Nevada sent a letter to all schools in the state, reminding them of students’ rights. The ACLU aims to ensure the walkout is treated like any other unexcused absence.
“Students need to do their homework too,” said Wesley Juhl, Executive Director for the ACLU of Nevada. “There could be complications if they have multiple unexcused absences.”
As for Severo, she's heard criticism of the planned walkout and is moving forward anyway.
“We're not going to listen to the generation that eats Tide Pods, you just want to leave school,’” said Severo.
At Valley High School, students say that administrators have been very supportive, although teachers districtwide have been told not to express their personal opinions on political issues with students.