Colleges Promise High School Students Getting Suspended For Protesting Gun Reform That Admission Chances Won’t Be Affected

After the Parkland, Florida shooting incident, high school students across the United States are taking the lead to protest for gun reform. However, many face the consequence of suspension from their schools’ as disciplinary action.

High school students protesting for gun reform
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The superintendent of the Needville Independent School District outside of Houston, Texas reportedly sent out letters to give warnings to students who want to participate in walkouts. Those who join will be suspended for three days.

“Life is all about choices and every choice has a consequence whether it be positive or negative,” Superintendent Curtis Rhodes stated. “We will discipline no matter if it is 1, 50, or 500 students involved. All will be suspended for three days and parent notes will not alleviate the discipline.”

The Waukesha County School District in Wisconsin and the Spring Independent School District in Houston also issued similar threats. Then, The Waukesha superintended released another statement saying students could join in if their parents would excuse them from class.

Colleges are now standing up for high schoolers, saying the suspension and other disciplinary actions they will face for protesting won’t hurt their admission chances.

Teenage activists protesting for gun reform
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Some of the schools that promised not to penalize teenage activists include:

Brandeis University

Brandeis University supports students
Brandeis University


UCLA Admission supports students
UCLA Admission

Smith College

Smith College supports students
Smith College

Yale University

Yale University supports students
Yale Admissions

University of Connecticut

University of Connecticut supports students

Clark University

Clark University supports students
Clark University

Brown University

Brown University supports student activists
Brown Admission

Northeastern University

Northeastern University supports student activists
Northeastern U.

George Washington University

George Washington University supports student activists
GW Admissions

Dartmouth College

Dartmouth College supports student activists

University of Virginia

University of Virginia supports student activists
Dean J @ UVA

UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst supports student activists
UMass Admissions

Tulane University

Tulane University supports student activists
Tulane Admission

Boston University

Boston University supports student activists
BU Admissions


MIT supports student activists
Joi Ito


A full list of all schools that have pledged to support students who protest peacefully can be found here and here.

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