Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Charleston-area high schools gear up for National School Walkout on Wednesday morning

At least six area high schools are participating

Posted by Adam Manno on Tue, Mar 13, 2018 at 4:18 PM

Wando's walkout will take place within campus - PHOTO VIA CCSDSCHOOLS.COM
  • Photo via CCSDschools.com
  • Wando's walkout will take place within campus
At least five Charleston-area high schools are planning to leave their classrooms and demonstrate against gun violence and in favor of gun safety legislation Wednesday morning.

The protests are part of the National School Walkout, a protest organized by the national Women's March in solidarity with the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

Last month, a 19-year-old former student gunned down 17 people at the South Florida school with a legally-purchased semi-automatic rifle.

The walkouts will begin at 10 a.m. and will last 17 minutes in honor of those who lost their lives.

Five high schools and the College of Charleston are registered for the action on the Women's March website. The high schools are Stratford High, Palmetto Scholars Academy, West Ashley High, and Porter-Gaud School.

Wando High School in Mt. Pleasant is also participating, though student organizer Jonathan Hudson says the walkout will happen within campus, due to security concerns from the school's administration.

Mason Preparatory School, a K-8 school downtown, was also registered on the website.

At a walkout information session hosted by the Charleston chapters of Moms Demand Action and the Women's March at Local Works on Feb. 25, a student organizer from West Ashley High said that the school's action will also be happening on campus in the school's courtyard.

The Charleston County School District has not released information or safety guidelines for students or media as of yet.

Echoing President Trump, Gov. Henry McMaster has said he would sign a bill allowing teachers to have guns on campus. The Jacob Hall School Protection Act currently sits in the House Committee on Judiciary. "If it comes to my desk, I'll sign it," McMaster said.

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