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Alachua County Schools create 'safe zones' for students to participate in walkouts

Alachua County Schools create 'safe zones' for students to participate in walkouts

On March 14th students, teachers, and administrators across the country will participate in National Walk Out Day for Congress to pass tighter gun control laws.

The event will be at 10 a.m across every time zone, and will last 17 minutes to honor the 17 victims in the Stoneman Douglas massacre.

Alachua County school spokeswoman Jackie Johnson, said officials have urged administrators to have safe zones so students can still participate in the walk out, without actually leaving campus.

"That would not be safe to just leave campus...so that's what we've asked principals to do is set up a place on campus where the students can be supervised, students can still participate and when it's over they an go back to class," Johnson said.

Johnson said students who do leave campus without a parent signing them out will face consequences.

She said if students participate in the walk outs in the designated safe zones, they will not be penalized, unless they are acting inappropriately.

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