10000+ high school students expected to converge on VA Capitol

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That's the idea behind the school's "Day of Kindness", to be held in honor of the 13 people who died in the Columbine shooting in 1999, on the 19th anniversary of the massacre.

A similar walkout in March, in the wake of the Parkland, Florida, shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, had students returning to class. "...young Americans are taking matters into their own hands", according to website act.indivisible.org, which is tracking the events. These types of events are student led and student organized. "And because of that, I knew I needed to change myself, and we needed to change this country", Lane said. "We are encouraging change and trying to make our future better. Whether it's right away, or a longer way down the road, but it definitely could happen for all those reasons", Levy said.

"We get hate comments online all the time because we're angering people, and we're angering people because we're scaring them, and if we're scaring them it's because we're doing something", she says. "We will also have some teachers and administrators out there to help keep everyone in order and safe". CBS anchor Jeff Glor characterized the protest as "walkouts across the country".

"We are aware that some students are making plans, and students are aware of consequences", Director of Communications Jill Browning said in an email. They also pose a serious concern to the safety and well-being of our students. The students then plan to march to the Capitol for a rally and to deliver letters to lawmakers calling for tougher gun-control measures.

Among adults, 89 percent say improving mental health screening and treatment would be very effective or somewhat effective, while 85 percent say preventing people with mental illnesses from purchasing guns would be very effective or somewhat effective.

"In the aftermath of the deadly shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, a majority of American teens say they are very or somewhat anxious about the possibility of a shooting happening at their school - and most parents of teens share that concern", Nikki Graf, a research associate at Pew Research Center, wrote on the organization's website.

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"I'm a child from the 60s; I've been there", Sisson said.

The walkouts will take place at 10 a.m. on Friday.

If students walk out but decide to remain on campus, "normal disciplinary procedures would be considered and applied as needed", the school district said.

We encourage families to have a discussion with their student (s) about their beliefs related to the walkout.

The movement has already yielded some positive results, Coleman said. It's a matter of safety, said John Schuster, spokesman for Miami-Dade schools. Advocates, including survivors from Parkland, have called for tighter gun restrictions. Other countries have changed their gun laws and it has made a positive impact.

On one of the last days of spring break, she and seven other students from her high school in Ridgefield, Conn., gather around a few tables at their town rec center.

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