Laramie County School District#1 has issued a statement in regard to a national gun protest scheduled for March 14:

"As communities across the nation come to grips with the tragedy that occurred in Parkland, Florida, word of a National School Walkout day on March 14 has surfaced. Laramie County School District 1 officials will allow high school students to participate in student-led activities for a duration of 17 minutes inside of school. The activities are site-based and determined by student leaders with staff oversight. Student participation is optional. During the week leading to this event, students will be exposed to instructional units aligned with both the district and state approved social studies standards.
The primary goal is to keep students safe. The theme of the culminating event is school safety, not any particular political agenda. The event is to promote non-violence in schools and is not intended for administrators to support pro- or anti-gun positions. The primary objective is to help students responsibly find a voice within a safe environment, whatever their positions may be."

 LCSD#1 Trustee Sandy Shanor says she wants everyone to understand that students on both sides of the gun control debate will be welcome to express their opinions on the issue, or can choose not to participate at all. She also says that since the events will be held inside the schools, students who leave the campuses during that time will be subject to the usual disciplinary actions for leaving school without authorization.

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