Texas school district threatens to suspend students who stage protest walkout


Lyndon Parrot, 17, of Silver Spring, Md., takes part in a moment of silence during a student protest for gun control legislation in front of the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

A Texas school district is threatening to suspend students who protest gun violence during school hours as “walkouts” among young activists take place nationwide.

Curtis Rhodes, Superintendent of Needville Independent School District, stated in a letter posted to Facebook and reportedly sent home to students on Tuesday that while the school district “is very sensitive to violence in schools including the recent incident in Florida,” the district “will not allow a student demonstration during school hours for any type of protest or awareness!!”

If students do choose to protest, the school district said they’ll suspend them for three days, and they’ll “face all the consequences that come along with an out of school suspension.”

The district’s letter, which was posted to Needville High School’s Facebook page, was taken down Wednesday.

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