After the most recent school shooting, there have been countless calls for gun control from students and adults alike. One superintendent of a school district is making sure those within the community are aware that protest or walkouts will not be allowed. Any protest carried out during school hours will be met with punishment.
Curtis Rhodes, who is the superintendent of Needville Independent School District in Texas, sent a letter to all parents in the school district informing them that any students who participate in a gun protest will receive a three-day suspension.
“Please be advised that the Needville ISD will not allow a student demonstration during school hours for any type of protest or awareness!!” Rhodes wrote. “Should students choose to do so, they will be suspended from school for 3 days and face all the consequences that come along with an out of school suspension.”
Rhodes’ decision came after mass walkouts have been taking place in schools across the country in the wake of the most recent school shooting in Florida. “We will discipline no matter if it is one, fifty, or five hundred students involved,” he added.
The superintendent made sure his students and their parents understood that he feels a school is meant for learning. “Respect yourself, your fellow students and the Needville Independent School District and please understand that we are here for an education and not a political protest,” the statement concluded.
A group of survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida is planning a march on Washington D.C. next month to bring awareness to gun control, according to Fox News.
“Students and staff have the right to teach and learn in an environment free from the worry of being gunned down in their classrooms or on their way home from school,” the group of survivors said.
The controversial announcement was in response to mass walkouts following the events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The group plans to show solidarity by protesting the lack of gun control in the United States.