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ACLU offers to help students “learn about their rights” when planning to walk out of school in protest



This news story was published on February 25, 2018.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The ACLU is offering guidance to students who want to stage a protest against guns by walking out of school.

“Students: Know Your Rights!” the ACLU urged in a statement they released this weekend.

They point to “last week’s heartbreaking school shooting in Parkland, Florida” that has caused students around the country to “push for change” and speak their minds “on the streets and the internet … this is an incredible example of what people power looks like – what the First Amendment feels like in practice.”

According to a statement from the ACLU:

“In the past few days, we’ve heard from students, parents, and teachers asking what students’ rights are – and whether schools can discipline students for speaking out.

“Plans for coordinated student walkouts have been making national news and have already spurred disciplinary threats from some school administrators. That’s why we think it’s so important that everyone learns about their rights.”

The ACLU is offering “training” for young people, parents, teachers, school staff and others  called “Students: Know Your Rights” on March 1 at 7 PM Central Time through its “People Power” website.  They say, “you will hear from student leaders and members of the ACLU legal team, like me, on our constitutional right to free speech and expression, and what it means for students who want to speak out. We’ll also share some details on how to report any possible First Amendment violations so that our team can track what’s going on around the country.”

Last week, a student walk-out was held in Iowa City to protest gun violence.  Hundreds of students reportedly participated.

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2 Responses to ACLU offers to help students “learn about their rights” when planning to walk out of school in protest

  1. Decisive Steps Reply Report comment

    February 25, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    They ought to shut down all the schools until they get this figured out. Parents should homeschool, or create their own private schools within their neighborhoods. No kid, or adult for that matter, should be vulnerable to such attacks. The flip side to this, is telling the US government to stick it up their butts, when it comes to barring people from personally protecting themselves in the aftermath of such threat. The 2nd Amendment applies to all, or NONE. No in between bullarky.

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 25, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    Maybe they can also teach kids and their parents what a normal parent/child relationship is. Tough love begins at birth, not death.