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Columbia high schoolers expected to participate in walkout

Some Columbia high school students plan to stand in solidarity with those lost in the school shooting in Parkland in February.

The district is expecting some kids will walk out of class on Wednesday as part of National Walkout Day.

CPS spokesperson Michelle Baumstark says the district is not organizing the event, but is not fighting it either.

“Our role in a situation like this would just be to manage safety, so while students are on campus we need to make sure that we keep them safe.”

Students are expected to walk out of classes for 17 minutes, in honor of the 17 killed in the Parkland, Florida mass shooting.


  1. My daughter is in Middle School at Gentry and apparently its going to be a big deal there too. I talked to her about it and she said that at least among her age group it has nothing to do with guns and is just a vigil for the dead students. I explained to her that it was still making a political statement, and to be prepared for her actions to be taken out of context on the local or national news.

    I think it is nice that students want to make a statement, and that the schools are allowing them to do so without repercussion. I just hope her views are shared by more of the students and not hijacked for the anti-gun movement.

  2. sharon a. nicholls

    Get all of the students 18 years of age to register to vote

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