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Thousands of Students Plan to Walk Out of Class Wednesday

March 12, 2018 - 7:44 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Thousands of students across Missouri are expected to walk out of class this Wednesday, the one-month anniversary of the deadly Florida school shootings.


Mehlville Superintendent Chris Gaines, who is also President-Elect of the American Association of School Administrators, says students plan to gather in different spots.

"I've heard everything from hallways to perhaps out in front of the building parking lot, to maybe on a football field or a baseball field, or just kind of in a parking lot," he says. 

Gaines says more than half of local high schools will probably see some kind of demonstration.


A local university spokesman says as far as they're concerned, such action will not hurt the student's future when it comes to the college application process. Students who take part shouldn't worry about blowing their future education choices because they have a black mark on their record for taking part, at least according to Patrick Giblin with Webster University.

"If they took the time to become involved and took the time to learn what's going on in the community, and the issues, and try to get other people involved, to us that's a positive thing," he says. 

He says they're exhibiting community involvement and leadership.

"For us, when we see that students have become civically engaged in the community, they've taken an interest in something going to the community, and they have participated in a peaceful protest," he says. 

St. Louis University, Fontbonne and Lindenwood are other area colleges that have indicated they won't hold it against future applicants for taking part in the protest. Wednesday’s National School Walkout will last 17-minutes, one minute for each victim of the Parkland school massacre, and is designed to protest gun violence.