MO Universities View National School Walkout as Civic Engagement

By |2018-03-19T14:38:21-05:00March 14, 2018 2:37 pm|State Headlines|0 Comments

(KDKZ-TV) Several universities across Missouri have said they will overlook disciplinary actions against any prospective student who is punished by his or her high school for participating in Wednesday’s national walkout to protest gun violence.

The walkout comes a month after 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Thousands of students were expected to join their peers across the country in the 17-minute National School Walkout.

If you are a student concerned about a possible blemish on your permanent record for participating, some universities say not to worry, because they’re taking a different approach to peaceful, civil protests. Patrick Giblin is a spokesman for Webster University.

“We immediately do not see that as a negative mark,” Giblin said. “In fact, we mark that as a show of leadership on behalf of the students.”

In a recent tweet to prospective students, Washington University in St. Louis said “March on.” Students from at least 14 Missouri schools, including six in the St. Louis area, had organized walkouts.

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