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She's hoping the protest will bring awareness (and, ultimately, change) to an issue that she feels has been long ignored by lawmakers. "I support the walkout, but to say this is not about gun control is 100 percent incorrect".

"It's not a political thing", Adams said.

Call it #MSDWade. Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade paid a surprise visit to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland and at least one overjoyed student declared on social media that it was the "Greatest moment of my life".

A school walkout may be in the works in Newton County in March to protest gun violence.

"I remember reading about it and thinking oh my God, this can't be happening already again", said Student Emily Ball.

Los Angeles School Police Association vice president Rodolfo Perez said there are 380 campus officers for the approximately 735,000 students in the LA Unified School District. The March 14 protest will mark the organization's first official event, and the students won't be alone in their efforts that morning. "However, an outdoor walk-out on a designated date and appointed time is obviously a safety concern in itself".

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Otherwise, only non-teacher personnel are eligible, such as administrators, guidance counselors, librarians and coaches. Investigators say former student Nikolas Cruz confessed to the shootings following his arrest.

Having used an assault rifle - an AR-15 assault rifle that's consistent with modern military weaponry - in the shooting, many students, family members, and community figures have voiced their opinions on whether gun control should be implemented or not.

"I just wanted to come and say I'm inspired by all of you", Wade said to a hallway full of students.

"I want them to be able to positively and responsibly advocate for themselves and causes they are passionate about", Carlson told The Oklahoman.

"I'm proud of my school and the admissions department for making that decision", Dvorin said. "They're being really fearless, and I want them to continue that, and I do hope it's something he'll see and feel empowered by".

"We're encouraging other actions", she said of the walkout.

All 26 Kalamazoo Public Schools will participate next week will honor the students and staff who died February 14 in Parkland, Fla.

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Next Wednesday, students across the country are planning to walk out of their classrooms at 10 a.m.

"This event was created and organized by students", one student said. "That's our ultimate goal".

"We are walking out for all people who have experienced gun violence, including systemic forms of gun violence that disproportionately impact teens in Black and Brown communities. We're here to stay until we see the policy changes we're demanding".

In the letter, dated March 7th, Cape Superintendent Bob Fulton wrote "student leaders at Cape Henlopen High School have shared with our high school principal a desire to participate in the National "Walkout" Day".

The Safe-Way Bus Company has donated a bus to the school district so they can attend the march in St. Paul.

They informed district administration of their intention to participate in the nationwide peaceful student walkout in support of their peers in Parkland, Fla., the site of the recent school shooting.

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