Entertainment MTV Goes Dark for 17 Minutes to Support National School Walkout

18:01  14 march  2018
18:01  14 march  2018 Source:   People

At a school in North Carolina, he was the only one of 700 students who walked out

  At a school in North Carolina, he was the only one of 700 students who walked out At 10 a.m. Wednesday, Justin Blackman got up from his desk and calmly walked out of Mr. Mendez's Spanish class. When he got outside, he discovered he was the only one. Of the approximately 700 students at Wilson Preparatory Academy in Wilson, North Carolina, 16-year-old Justin was in a company of one during the national school walkout. For 17 minutes, he said he stood by himself. He said he was disappointed no one joined him. Earlier in the morning, the teen spoke with classmates about the walkout, but they didn't seem to know about it, he said. Undeterred, when the time came, he stepped out by himself.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd© Patrick Semansky/AP/REX/Shutterstock At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, MTV and other Viacom networks suspended their scheduled programming for 17 minutes in conjunction with National Walkout Day, where students exited their classrooms to protest gun violence and honor the 17 people who were killed in the Florida shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last month.

“Right now, students everywhere are walking out of school to take a stand against gun violence. We stand with them,” the network says in a statement.

Instead of airing shows, MTV featured 17 young adults leading the fight against gun violence. Both MTV and Comedy Central also changed their logos to orange, the color that connotes gun violence awareness, leading up to the March For Our Lives in Washington D.C. on March 24.

Students plan abortion protest after debate on walkout

  Students plan abortion protest after debate on walkout Students at a California high school are organizing an anti-abortion rights protest that was inspired by the recent nationwide student walkout for gun control. Rocklin High School student Brandon Gillespie tells KOVR-TV he wants to "honor all the lives of aborted babies" with the protest.He says the idea was prompted by history teacher Julianne Benzel. She was placed on administrative leave when she asked students to consider whether there was a double standard over protests on school grounds between gun control and abortion.

Shari Redstone, the vice chair of Viacom’s board, will also donate $500,000 to the March for Our Lives movement.

Moved by the tragic shooting at a Parkland high school on Feb. 14, more than 185,000 students from more than 2,500 schools were expected to walk out of their classrooms across the country to protest gun violence.

“There’s gun violence in our schools and on our streets and we want to show the members of Congress and other adults in our lives that we are fed up with being unsafe,” Madison Thomas, national college coordinator for Women’s March Youth Empower, told PEOPLE. “We’re finally taking a stand and showing unified support for gun reform.”

Missouri high school students marked truant, punished for participating in walkout: report

  Missouri high school students marked truant, punished for participating in walkout: report Students at a Kansas City, Mo. high school who participated in a walkout to protest gun violence on Wednesday were marked truant and punished. Only about 200 of Park Hill High School's 2,000-person student body participated in the walkout as part of a larger series of student-led protests organized across the country, Fox 4 News in Kansas City reported.But students were warned against doing so by teachers. Those that did participate were greeted by teachers in the school's hallways when they returned.

Although some school districts across the country have threatened disciplinary action against students who walk out, there are legal resources for those who are punished.

“In the cases of the districts that have announced in advance they’re going to impose harsh punishments, the ACLU has already written letters to those districts reminding them of what the law is,” ACLU lawyer Ben Wizner said.

If anyone finds themselves receiving harsh treatment, he suggests they go to the ACLU website, or contact their local chapter. Additionally, the Women’s March website states the National Juvenile Defender Center will be staffing a legal referral hotline to connect students and/or their parents to local attorneys. The hotline number is 1-857-529-9373 (1-857-LAWYER3).

To help you make your voice heard — and to let your representatives know you will vote on the issue of sensible gun legislation — PEOPLE has released its Call to Action with the contact information for every single voting member of Congress.

Student walkout over guns poses balancing act for schools .
As schools around the country brace for student walkouts following the deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida, principals and superintendents are scrambling to perform a delicate balancing act: How to let thousands of students exercise their First Amendment rights while not disrupting school and not pulling administrators into the raging debate over gun control.Some have taken a hard line, promising to suspend students who walk out, while others are using a softer approach, working with students to set up places on campus where they can remember the victims of the Florida shooting and express their views about school safety and gun control.Since the Feb.

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