An organized group of Chaboya students have decided that, on Wednesday, March 14, they will participate in the nationwide 17 -minute school walkout that will begin at 10 a.m. Students will have the choice to either participate in the protest or remain in class. We fully respect our students' First Amendment right to free speech & peaceful assembly. In conjunction with supporting students' rights, we also want to keep them safe. We are providing a location on campus where students may gather and exercise their rights. We are encouraging students to utilize this site and remain on campus. Some students want to walk off campus. We ask you as parents and guardians to have a conversation with your child about this matter, as well as the risks of walking off campus.
The event is the brainchild of EMPOWER, the Women's March youth branch, and will take place exactly one month after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. It's scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. in every time zone and last for 17 minutes -- one for each victim who lost their life in the massacre.
Students who survived the shooting in Florida are speaking out in hopes that no more schools face a similar tragedy, and they're planning to protest in Washington, D.C. on March 24 at an event organized by March For Our Lives.
All of the marches share one mission: to put pressure on Congress to pass gun reform and make schools safer. #ENOUGH!