COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Students across the country are expected to walk out of their classrooms Wednesday morning to protest gun violence.
The National School Walkout is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. in every time zone and last for 17 minutes -- a minute for each life lost in the Parkland, Florida school shooting.
Some schools could hit students who walk out with an unexcused absence. That could be a bigger problem if a student already has a lot of those and the extra one results in him or her being considered truant.
Here in southern Colorado, some local administrators are supporting their students participating in the walkout.
The superintendent of District 12 sent out an email to parents saying in part:
"I believe it is incumbent upon us as school leaders to respect our students exercising their First Amendment rights and expressing their opinions. Over the course of last week, Mr. Fortenberry, who is the principal, of Cheyenne Mountain High School, and I have been meeting with student leaders at CMHS to clearly understand their plans so that we can provide appropriate adult supervision and security for a safe, orderly, and respectful event."
He also says students who participate will be expected to go to the assembly area then return to their classrooms when the walkout is over. Students who choose not to participate will stay in their classrooms with their teachers.