Students at seven of Volusia County's 10 public high schools will walk out of their classrooms at 10 a.m. Friday, joining a nationwide protest against gun violence.
Students will meet at the flagpole in front of the high school, where the organizers will speak about the the laws they want enacted and the history of mass shootings, she said.
Superintendent John Bowes set an email blast on Wednesday, noting "Students and adults in Davis and across the country continue to look for constructive ways to respond to and to process the recurring incidents of gun violence..."
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"We've heard that there are some folks at the Leon High school student government association that I believe are part of the group that spearheaded a meeting for after school".
In addition to a list of student speakers set to lead the rally, many Democratic elected officials have also been invited to speak, including Gubernatorial candidate Dennis Kucinich, and Beavercreek Congressional-hopeful Theresa Gasper, who is running in the Democratic primary for Ohio's 10th U.S. House District seat, now held by Republican Congressman Mike Turner.
In a message to student participants, organizers urged students not to engage with any counter-protesters. Columbine students have traditionally marked the shooting anniversary with a day of volunteer service. Leon County Schools is supporting its students' right to protest.
The 1999 Columbine High School shooting left 12 students and one teacher dead after senior students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold carried out the attack with high powered guns, as well as explosives, before committing suicide.
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He says organizers are also hoping Friday's rally will inspire more young people to get involved in politics. The Kern High School District places great value on instructional time and school safety.
"I've been trying my best to encourage kids to do this, because I think some of them just feel like they are so far away from the issue because we're in small-town Pella, Iowa, that nothing could happen like that here", she says.
Besides speeches and holding up signs along Aurora Avenue, Russell said students can register to vote, if eligible, and write letters to their elected representatives.
Following the tragic shooting that took place in Parkland, Florida in February, student-led activities were planned to recognize the one-month anniversary of the event and honor the 17 lives lost.
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