Area students join national school walkout
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) -- Northeast Indiana students join students across the country for a nationwide walkout one month after 17 were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Students here and across the country hoping to get lawmakers' attention to make changes to existing gun laws while remember the 17 victims.
Fort Wayne's NBC stopped by several area schools today during the scheduled national walkout.
Different districts in the area had plans set in place and even consequences leading up to Wednesday's walkout. Huntington North High School set a safe zone outside of the school for student to walk for 17 minutes. A group of hundreds of students walked out during that time, and student leaders handed out pledge cards asking for vows of 17 acts of kindness. School officials say the only consequences students would have to face is any school work assigned while classes were in session during the 17 minutes.
In contrast, Fort Wayne Community Schools told students prior to Wednesday, if they choose to walkout and miss class they would face an unexcused absence. Over a dozen students at South Side High School walked out of school carrying signs and an American flag. Administration told those students to return inside and face the consequences of missing class. At Snider High School, dozens of students walked out of the front entrance for a moment of silence under staff supervision.
No word yet on whether consequences have been issued to students who did decide to walk out against FWCS orders. We'll bring you more details as they come in.