HELENA – A website tracking planned school walkouts across the country to protest school shootings shows just two planned for Montana.

The first of those announced was at Carroll College; the second is planned in Missoula, at the Missoula International School.

According to the event website, the event is part of the national school walkout on March 14th. The site states:

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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. Parents have the right to send their kids to school in the mornings and see them home alive at the end of the day.

The event is timed to mark one month from the day that 17 students were killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Florida.

Organizers are calling on students, teachers, and administrators to meet on the St. Charles steps at 10 a.m. for 17 minutes, one minute for each of the victims of the Florida shooting.

The goal of the walkout is to demand that Congress pass tougher legislation to prevent gun violence at schools and neighborhoods.

Attendees will sign letters to lawmakers urging them to take action.

The Carroll march was organized by Emily Larson.

MTN News tried to contact Emily Larson and Carroll administrators; both declined comment at this time.

The March statement reads:

Women’s March Youth EMPOWER is calling for students, teachers, school administrators, parents and allies to take part in a#NationalSchoolWalkout for 17 minutes at 10am across every time zone on March 14, 2018 to protest Congress’ inaction to do more than tweet thoughts and prayers in response to the gun violence plaguing our schools and neighborhoods. We need action. Students and allies are organizing the national school walkout to demand Congress pass legislation to keep us safe from gun violence at our schools, on our streets and in our homes and places of worship.

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.

Parents have the right to send their kids to school in the mornings and see them home alive at the end of the day.

We are not safe at school. We are not safe in our cities and towns. Congress must take meaningful action to keep us safe and pass federal gun reform legislation that address the public health crisis of gun violence. We want Congress to pay attention and take note: many of us will vote this November and many others will join in 2020.

Join us in saying #ENOUGH!

1 COMMENT

  1. I got 4 dui’s. Nobody blamed the alcohol once. Why are guns taking the blame? They dont get up and shoot on there own. Walk out on fixing the mental health issue in this country. Go to a homeless shelter and check it out, half the people belong in a hospital but yet there pumped full of pills and let loose to wander the streets.

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