Student walkouts will protest gun violence

They're planned across the nation Wednesday

WICHITA, Kan - It's not clear how many students in Wichita schools will be taking part in a national walkout to protest gun violence.   The walkouts are being held across the U.S. 

Wichita school superintendent Alicia Thompson issued a statement calling on students to have discussions and activities during the lunch break, so students can remain safe and under supervision and still have their voices heard.   Dr. Thompson said the district is not supporting a walkout, and each school will have to follow its tardy and unexcused absence policies in dealing with students who talk out of class. 

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Students at schools across the country are organizing walkouts to protest gun violence on the one-month anniversary of a school shooting in Parkland, Florida. 

Organizers say nearly 3,000 walkouts have been planned in states from Maine to Hawaii and as far away as Australia. 

The coordinated walkout is being organized by a youth wing of the group that orchestrated last year's Women's March in Washington, D.C. 

Walkouts are expected to take place at schools ranging from the elementary to college level. 

Students say they will leave class at 10 a.m. local time and demonstrate for 17 minutes. That's one minute for each victim at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. 

Some schools have applauded students for taking a stand, while others are threatening to punish students. 

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