School walkout against gun violence set to take place tomorrow

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A national school walk out is scheduled to commemorate the lives lost in the Parkland, Florida school shooting. 

March For Our Lives is set to take place for 17 minutes at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 14. 

Local activists are expected to lend their voices to the cause. They will join students, administrators and teachers across the country to urge lawmakers to take action to protect students from gun violence.

The seventeen minutes represent the 17 lives lost during the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School one month ago. 

The Kern High School District responded to the planned walkout by encouraging students to not miss class. In the case of a walkout, KHSD will work with law enforcement to ensure it is organized and safe. 

We understand that many students have raw feelings and emotions related to the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida and many students are organizing walkouts. The Kern High School District places great value on instructional time and school safety. We encourage students to attend class and be present for instruction.

In the event of a walkout, we want to maintain a safe environment for both the students exiting and for those who remain in class to receive instruction. Administrators on our school sites will work with the Kern High School District Police Department to ensure the walkout is carried out in an organized and safe manner.

Students who miss class will be addressed through the district attendance program.

-Lisa Krch, Public Information & Communications Manager

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