A nationwide protest in response to gun violence is slated for March 14, and local school leaders are preparing for the possibility of local participation.
The #NationalSchoolWalkout is set to take place one month after the mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
Organizers are asking that participants walk out of school at 10 a.m. for 17 minutes—one for each person killed in the Parkland shooting.
The effort is a protest of inaction by Congress, according to EMPOWER, the group organizing the action.
Spokesman for the Hamilton County Department of Education Tim Hensley said he’s aware of some students planning activities, such as speeches or a moment of silence.
“The first goal for the system is the safety of students participating and those electing not to participate in activities on March 14,” he said via email. “As a district, we are not endorsing a walkout, but we do recognize our student’s constitutional right to express themselves.”
School officials are working with principals and student leaders to make sure any activities are in safe locations at the school and are respectful, he also said.