Area schools take low key approach to possible student walkouts

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(KWTX) Area schools are taking a low key approach to possible walkouts Wednesday as part of a nationwide effort to encourage lawmakers to come up with legislation to stop gun violence, but in other Central Texas districts whose students are on spring break, the observance isn’t an issue.

At 10 a.m. local time Wednesday across the U.S., organizers are urging students at schools and colleges to walk out for 17 minutes in honor of the 17 who died in the shooting rampage at a high school in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14.

China Spring ISD Superintendent Dr. Marc Faulkner says very few students have indicated any interest in joining the #Enough National School Walkout, which is being coordinated by the National Women's March Board.

“As far as I'm concerned, no one in our school has filled out paperwork indicating a formal role in the walkout. But if students choose to get up and walk out, we'll just have teachers get up and escort them and stay with them until the 17 minutes is over."

The Waco Independent School District is taking a similar approach by letting the students who choose to participate walk out and to have campus staff keep their eyes on them during the 17 minute observance.

WISD spokesman Kyle DeBeer says the only punitive action would be "if the student is out of class when roll is being taken, then that student will be marked as absent."

Midway is the only school district in which a committee was set up to coordinate the walkout.

“The district will be sending home letters to parents as school dismisses for the day Tuesday,” Midway ISD spokesperson Traci Marlin said.

“In those letters we will detail what is expected on Wednesday if students get up and walk out,” she said.

Lorena school officials don’t plan punitive action, either.

“We aren’t hearing much conversation on the matter in our school,” Superintendent Dr. Joe Kucera said.

“We are trying to change the narrative suggesting we carry out 17 random acts of kindness in our school, do something good for the school. But we do not plan any punitive actions if a student gets up and walks out. The main thing is that we want our students to be safe at all times."