Thousands of students across the country are planning to walk out of class March 14th to protest gun violence. The walkouts will coincide with the one month anniversary of the deadly Florida school shooting.
Several students across Southern Arizona are planning to participate, and the area’s largest school district is laying out their plans for the demonstrations.
“We're allowing all of our high schools and middle schools the autonomy to create an on-campus opportunity,” explained TUSD Superintendent, Dr. Gabriel Trujillo.
TUSD officials are hoping students who want to demonstrate will express themselves while staying on campus, but Dr. Trujillo said some students have expressed their desire to march off school grounds.
He said they have called the parents of those students in an attempt to dissuade them, but will not try to physically restrain them if they do decide to leave.
“If kids are choosing to walk off campus, we've mobilized our school safety team to make sure there are protocols and we're making sure that nobody is getting hurt in the process,” said Dr. Trujillo. “And we have teams in place to call parents.”
Officials said students who leave campus will be given an ‘unexcused absence’, and will have to work to make up any work missed.