HHS Planning 'Peaceful Recognition Ceremony' to Honor Parkland, Fla

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Ever since the shooting I've wanted to do something to recognize the lives lost and do a call to action, this was the ideal opportunity for me to do both. Police have tied the uptick to the Parkland, Florida, school shooting on February 14, which killed 17 people, but students have been arrested on similar charges throughout the school year.

"All reports of threats are taken seriously by both school officials and law enforcement", Lucas said.

Superintendent Steve Hopkins said last week that he hadn't heard of any planned walkouts but that his initial reaction wasn't to punish students.

Abby Brooks says enough was enough when the first school shooting happened.

Maybe an important element of preventing violence and suicide is empowering all students to make their lives meaningful, in and beyond school.

"A campus officer is all well and good", he noted, but can you trust them? The 14-year-old student made specific comments to other students about obtaining a weapon and shooting it while on school property. A rumor of a student with a gun at Sierra Vista High School also was unfounded. One is dubbed the "red flag law", and would allow judges to temporarily order gun owners to surrender firearms if they are deemed a danger to themselves or others.

"We join our students in grieving the loss of life and innocence that has occurred across our nation, and we understand their desire to participate in a healthy dialogue here at home", he said.

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"I don't know what the answers are to solving gun violence in this country, but I know there is a problem and I don't feel comfortable accepting the status quo", Jorgensen said.

The enlistment age should be raised anyway, said Allie Hunt, asking why a person can't drink a beer at that age but is allowed into military service.

"It can cause damage; that's the bottom line", Young said. Eight of the 16 students supported banning assault-style weapons. It would be worth the money, Baldridge said. "Given all the recent headlines and rhetoric, we would argue yes, for the moment", Andress wrote in a research note.

"We have waited so long that we have created a list of victims and it goes on and on and on", Ramadan said. He brought up speed limits as a comparison, saying it's similarly a policy to make people safer. Other school districts are various of stages of planning student participation next week. The student's parent was called and questioned along with the student. She felt "better safe than sorry", she said, and she has talked to him about school threats. "I fully believe that the majority of the students that walked out were in the same boat as me", Gebauer said.

While some parents may worry schools are authorizing a type of skip day, Wrobleski said, no, the students are expected to return to classes and resume their academic day following the 17-minute walk out.

But what the school can't do is discipline students more harshly because they are walking out to express a political view or because school administrators don't support the views behind the protest.

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