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In response, Columbia County middle and high schools will hold rallies indoors regarding gun control and school safety. "While our schools and district remain neutral to any political agendas, we are committed to supporting our students and their first amendment rights", the letter states.

"We recognize that these will occur and we have an obligation to make sure they are orderly, timely and safe for kids", Glass said.

Students who arrive late or miss class are to be marked tardy or absent, and typical school requirements for attendance are to be followed per student handbooks. The event, called "March For Our Lives", includes both a call for students across the USA to walk out of class and a march on Washington DC in protest of the NRA and United States gun policy.

"We value their views and strive to provide a positive and safe environment where they can respectfully express their opinions", Vinson wrote.

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"We don't support it, condone it, or promote it", said Katy Urban, Community Relations Manager for the Rapid City Area Schools.

"They're going to be free to walk out of our classroom, but we would prefer they stay in the building", Matthews said.

Pleasant Monday night. He joined other concerned parents, teachers, and students who spoke with members of the school board about the district's safety policies.

At 10:17 a.m. students will return to school. "However, it is now far too easy for people in the US who mean harm to acquire extremely unsafe weapons, and far too easy to acquire weapons of war that no one has a practical need for".

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Morse added that school staff members also support students who don't plan to walk out or are indifferent to the cause.

However, it isn't just students threatened in school shootings, but it's teachers too.

"By staying on school grounds I think we're showing that we're opposed to the actual issue of gun violence and not opposed to our education", Coffman said.

Andrew Pollack, father of Meadow Pollack, who was killed along with 16 others last month when a gunman opened fire in their Florida high school, told MSNBC's Chris Jansing effective gun control laws are not achievable right now - in large part because of the media. They need to make sure no one risky can ever get their hands on a weapon like this again, and they need to take necessary action to protect the children in all our schools and beyond.

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The groups hope to see participation from students, faculty, and parents of any school or university throughout the Virgin Islands.