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.
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.
Some of the schools that promised not to penalize teenage activists include:
University of Connecticut
George Washington University
University of Virginia