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Students in the Midlands, across the nation to participate in National Walkout Day

Students in the Midlands, across the nation to participate in National Walkout Day (MGN Online)

COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) – Students across the nation will take a stand Wednesday against gun violence.

Wednesday is National Walkout Day, a day in which students, teachers, faculty and staff will walk out of school at 10 a.m. for 17 minutes to honor the 17 lives lost in the tragic Parkland, Fl. High school shooting.

Midlands schools and even USC are expected to participate in the walkout.

The group Empower is leading the charge in this movement. They say the reason for the walkout is to urge Congress to do multiple things when it comes to gun control: banning assault weapons, requiring universal background checks before gun sales and to pass a gun violence restraining order law that would allow courts to disarm people who display warning signs of violent behavior.

Other schools who may not choose to perform the walkouts have said they are asking their students, faculty and staff to instead perform 17 acts of kindness.

The Lexington-Richland Five and Sumter County school districts have said they will take disciplinary action if students do participate in the walkout, however.

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