STUDENT WALKOUT|Maryland students protest over gun violence

BALTIMORE (WBFF)-- Exactly one month ago Wednesday a deadly school shooting in Florida claimed the lives of 17 students and faculty.

To honor the victims from Parkland, students here in our area and across the country participated in a National Walkout, it started at 10am.

FOX45 has TEAM Coverage from five school districts, Baltimore, Howard, Harford and Anne Arundel Counties and Baltimore City.

The organized efforts call for a 17-minute walkout. That's one minute for each of the 17 victims of the parkland high school shooting.

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Districts are dealing with this very differently. Anne Arundel County Schools have said they want students to deal with protests in another way and student walkouts pose some safety challenges.

Other districts have said they will punish students who walk out of class. While some organizations are encouraging students to participate, the Harford County School District wants to keep kids in class.

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Superintendent Barbara Canavan sent a letter to parents and students last week, saying that students who participate in the National Walk Out could face disciplinary action for disrupting school operations.

She says that the District cannot condone students leaving class because it "Presents paradoxically a threat to student safety, as word of the walkout has been widely disseminated and students who go outside could be more vulnerable."

Organizers say the movement is intended to pressure congress to adopt more gun control legislation.

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