3/16/2018: Students Walk Out To Speak Out

Mar 16, 2018

Across the state, students walked out of class this week in protest of guns and school violence - one month after the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

But not all schools welcomed the walkout. One school district threatened detention for students who left class.

Also this week, prosecutors said they will go after the death penalty for the confessed Stoneman Douglas mass shooter.

We’re also looking at the push to have voters decide if assault weapons should be banned.

Plus, the politics of guns with the race to be the next governor is on.

Students Speak Out

Students around Florida and the country  staged a “walkout” on Wednesday protesting gun violence. It marked the one month anniversary of the deadly shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Districts across the state responded in different ways. Some sanctioned the walkout while others warned students to stay in class.

The Lee County School District issued a statement asking students and staff to maintain a normal operating school day.

Along the first coast, the St. John’s School District was officially neutral on the student walkout.  

Ajay Sasha attends Nease  High School in Ponte Vedra  Beach and had this to say:  “In many ways, I do think that myself and other students do feel unsafe, which is one of the catalysts for this whole movement because schools shouldn’t be a place where students feels unsafe.”

Principals in St. Johns County allowed students to go outside but they had to remain on campus.

We were joined by WLRN’s Nadege Green and WGCU reporters Rachel Iacovone and Quincy Walters in Ft. Myers. They covered districts that had very different responses to the walk out.