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Politics Congress turns to school safety as students protest inaction on gun violence

14:11  14 march  2018
14:11  14 march  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

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  Students plan abortion protest after debate on walkout Students at a California high school are organizing an anti-abortion rights protest that was inspired by the recent nationwide student walkout for gun control. Rocklin High School student Brandon Gillespie tells KOVR-TV he wants to "honor all the lives of aborted babies" with the protest.He says the idea was prompted by history teacher Julianne Benzel. She was placed on administrative leave when she asked students to consider whether there was a double standard over protests on school grounds between gun control and abortion.

WASHINGTON — As students across the country protested congressional inaction on gun violence , the House on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed legislation to help schools identify potential threats

The House will take up a school safety bill and the Senate will hold a hearing, but gun control advocates say it's not enough.additional details].

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  Pa. students serve detention for school walkout by wearing Parkland victims’ names, locking arms Students at a southeast Pennsylvania high school served their detention on Saturday for taking part in nationwide walkouts last week by linking arms and wearing the names of those killed in gun violence on their clothes. More than 200 Students at Pennridge High School in Perkasie who walked out of class last week to protest gun violence were given detention.

"We are the students , we are the victims, we are change, fight gun violence now!" student organizers wrote for one of the planned events. It's being planned in part by the Women's March organizers to protest inaction from lawmakers on gun -control legislation. "We are not safe at school .

Related Topics: parkland school shooting school shooting gun violence u.s. & world education protest gun safety . Parkland students and more mourn Texas school shooting. A look at school gun violence in 2018.

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WASHINGTON — Congress turns to school safety Wednesday as students from more than 2,800 schools stage National School Walkout events, calling on lawmakers to do more to address gun violence.

Marking Congress’s first legislative response to the Florida mass shooting last month, the House will take up a bill that would fund training for students, school personnel and law enforcement to detect early signs of violence. It would also fund threat assessments and “anonymous reporting systems” such as phone apps, hotlines and websites for threats of school violence.

Also on Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will analyze the government’s response to the Valentine’s Day shooting in Parkland, Fla., and discuss legislative proposals to improve school safety. Witnesses will include members of law enforcement agencies, a Parkland teacher and the father of a shooting victim, according to the committee.

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Thousands of students walked out of classrooms nationwide Wednesday to protest gun violence and call for new gun control measures on the one month anniversary of the Parkland school shooting that left 17 dead and sparked a grassroots wave of activism.

— They solemnly spilled onto the high school football field, holding signs protesting gun violence and wearing shirts that read "March for our lives." Organizers said the purpose was to highlight " Congress ’ inaction against the gun violence plaguing our schools and neighborhoods."

Gun-control advocates say they expect more from Congress than additional school security. They are calling for an expansion of background checks, a ban on "assault weapons" and high-capacity magazines, and other measures.

“We want to make sure that we’re focusing on the issue of guns and gun reform,” said Madison Thomas, 20, a Georgetown University student who is one of the Walkout organizers.

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The student walkouts, organized by the youth empowerment arm of the Women’s March, fall on the one-month anniversary of the Florida mass shooting that killed 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Students from at least 28 schools plan to protest at both the White House and at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, and several Democratic members of Congress will join them outside the Capitol.

MTV Goes Dark for 17 Minutes to Support National School Walkout

  MTV Goes Dark for 17 Minutes to Support National School Walkout At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, MTV and other Viacom networks suspended their scheduled programming for 17 minutes in conjunction with National Walkout Day, where students exited their classrooms to protest gun violence and honor the 17 people who were killed in the Florida shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last month. “Right now, students everywhere are walking out of school to take a stand against gun violence. We stand with them,” the network says in a statement. Instead of airing shows, MTV featured 17 young adults leading the fight against gun violence. Both MTV and Comedy Central also changed their logos to orange, the color that connotes gun violence awareness, leading up to the March For Our Lives in Washington D.C. on March 24.

Students involved in the protests have been outspoken about their frustration with adults and political leaders who they believe have made them less safe by not doing more to curb gun violence or address school safety and mental health issues.

SEE PHOTOS Students protest at schools across LI. In a joint statement, state education department Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa said, “These young people, united in peaceful protest to demand action by our Congress on gun violence , are

As deep divisions persist on gun-control legislation, the less-controversial school safety legislation has bipartisan support in both the House and Senate.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. said on Tuesday he is “anxious” to pass significant school safety legislation and another measure called “Fix NICs” to improve reporting to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

But it’s unclear whether senators will get to the bills before they start a two-week recess on March 26 because other measures may consume Senate floor time. Also, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, is blocking expedited consideration of “Fix NICS,” concerned it could encroach on gun rights without providing due process protections.

Family members of one of the Parkland, Fla., mass shooting victims called on members of Congress Tuesday to pass school safety legislation.

"I didn’t get a chance that morning to say goodbye to my daughter, but I’m here today to make sure that I’m one of the last fathers that ever has to bury their daughter or son or loved one from a senseless act of violence in a school," said Ryan Petty, whose daughter Alaina Petty was among the 17 killed.

Barron Trump’s school calls for increased gun control .
The Maryland private school that President Trump's son Barron attends joined other schools on Wednesday to push the president for "robust" measures to stem gun violence.St. Andrew's Episcopal School joined more than 100 Washington-area schools in sending an open letter to Trump, according to The Associated Press.The letter, published by The Baltimore Sun, urged Trump and Congress to support gun control measures and to reject Trump's proposal to arm teachers.

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