TARPON SPRINGS, FL -- Students across the country will walk out on Wednesday in honor of the 17 people killed on Valentine's Day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

One Texas superintendent has threatened three-day suspension for those who participate in the walkout.


But the reaction was different for Tampa Bay's school districts:


  • They respect the right of students to participate or not.
  • Have designated an appropriate location for students to demonstrate.
  • Any other form of student-led support must be approved by the principal and happen during non-instructional hours.


  • Not sanctioning or authorizing student walkouts, but is allowing students the opportunity to express themselves.
  • Some principals are creating events where students can provide suggestions for how to keep their campuses safe.


  • Not advocating for continued disruptions, but recognizes the impact the school shooting has had on students, staff, and the community.
  • While they won’t suspend students for the walkout, there will be disciplinary action for anyone engaged in violent or destructive behavior.

Officials in each district want their respective schools to work with student leadership to come up with a plan. They also stressed the importance of making these events safe.

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