Utah students plan walkout for stricter gun laws


By Becky GINOS bginos@davisclipper.com

FARMINGTON—In an effort to curb gun violence, some students throughout the state are joining in a national school walkout March 14 followed by a rally at the State Capitol tentatively set for March 24 called March for Our Lives. Following the mass shootings in Florida, survivors from Parkland have been very vocal in pleading with leaders to do something about gun laws. Some groups have also suggested another walkout on April 20, the anniversary of the 1999 school shooting at Columbine. “We are aware of it and the district has been discussing it,” said Chris Williams Director of Communication & Operations for Davis School District. “They’re trying to establish protocols not only for the 14th but down the road what procedures will be followed,” for students who don’t come to school that day. Williams said the administration will meet with principals on March 8 and a letter will be sent out to parents. “We don’t want any parents to be surprised,” he said. “We have to make sure to keep students safe even during a walkout. We can’t have all the rules go out the window.” The district had not made a final decision as of press time. Parents and students should watch for communication from the district or visit the school’s website for more information.

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