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Should students be disciplined for participating in acts of civil disobedience?

On March 14, one month after 17 students and teachers were killed in the Parkland, Florida shooting, students from across the United States walked out of their classrooms to protest gun violence. The thousands of students who chose to participate may be facing various degrees of consequences for their actions. Some schools encouraged students to get involved in the cause, while others made it abundantly clear that students who participate in acts of civil disobedience, such as walking out of the building during school hours, will all be punished according to school rules.

Some believe that the consequences for students participating in the marches, walk-outs, and protests should be waved. Others believe that students breaking school rules, no matter the reason, should face direct consequence for their actions.

What do you think? Should students be disciplined for participating in acts of civil disobedience?

Current Standings:
Yes: 35%
No: 65%
  • Brian from New Jersey

    1. Teach students what it truly means to be an activist. You face consequences for your actions because if you think it is a cause significant enough, you would take a cut for this movement.
    2. Weeds out people that are there for no particular cause other than to cut class without punishment. This adds TRUE meaning and value to the walkout.
    3. Allows Administration to avoid the political controversy of “supporting” the Liberal agenda. Having no consequences give too much leeway for arguments regarding future walkouts. I.e. Administration will have to answer political questions as to why they allowed certain disobedience but not others.

    To summarize, though I’m not arguing that this issue is insignificant, voting “No” sets a precedent that students can organize walkouts for whatever the cause is without being properly facing the consequences.

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    1. Teach students what it truly means to be an activist. You face consequences for your actions because if you think it is a cause significant enough,…

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    • yaz-mink from Michigan

      what you are saying is wrong and injustice.

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  • Bella from Florida

    Regardless of the reason, actions have consequences. IF a student breaks a rule at school, they should be disciplined for it.

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  • ......... from Texas

    Every student has their own rights to protest by their free will. We also have opinions that is needed to be listen and heard. What happened was very sad tragedy, but we can learn from mistakes like these. One can be the civil disobedience that occurred during the month of March. People fear that we may use it inappropriately or ‘unsuitable’ enough, but by what just happened…..I’am pretty sure we are going to use it wisely and productively for our opinions and beliefs. I just hope that we can change the future in many ways…..

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    Every student has their own rights to protest by their free will. We also have opinions that is needed to be listen and heard. What happened was very …

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  • Isaac from New York

    Rules are there for our protection, if students are not punished when told before that they would be, it puts in their minds the mentality that they are above the rules. That sets a bad precedence in our society. We want people to exercise their right to protest but it should not go against laws or school regulations. Otherwise we are setting the example that it is fine to break the rules (e.g. laws) if it justifies their cause or belief.

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    Rules are there for our protection, if students are not punished when told before that they would be, it puts in their minds the mentality that they a…

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    • Daniel from New Hampshire

      But ¨civil disobedience¨ is protecting by the First Amendment of the Constitution. It is free speech, and there is nothing wrong with PEACEFUL protesting.

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  • Emilee from Tennessee

    Civil disobedience, by definition, implies that discipline should occur as a result of the actions that are being taken. That being said, civil disobedience by activists such as Martin Luther King Jr. and countless other individuals throughout the history of America has been the driving force behind significant, necessary social change in our country. If students are engaging in civil disobedience such that there actions break the law or violate school rules, they should be punished appropriately, but not for speaking out. That is the nature of civil disobedience; it requires sacrifice on behalf of those who desire to see change occur. Additionally, young people have been the catalysts for change in so many civil rights movements over the years. If students are willing to stand up boldly and intelligently in spite of the discipline, ridicule, and judgement they may face from the nation, it is only a matter of time until change happens in this nation.

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    Civil disobedience, by definition, implies that discipline should occur as a result of the actions that are being taken. That being said, civil disobe…

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  • Kaira from Pennsylvania

    I don’t believe students should be reprimanded for standing up for what they believe in, and participating in “acts of civil disobedience.” Students participating in these marches, walk-outs, and protests are not doing anything wrong. Their nonconformity is inspiring. They shouldn’t be disciplined, but praised for having the strength and courage to speak up when they see something so heartbreaking and unjust happening in our society. They took it into their hands when they saw that changes weren’t being made. They have the right to protest and use their voices to demand this change and that their lives and safety become the top priority over pieces of metal. There’s always been backlash with every major movement, and this is just the start of theirs. They’re calling BS, and you should too no matter who or what is in your way.

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    I don’t believe students should be reprimanded for standing up for what they believe in, and participating in “acts of civil disobedience.” Stud…

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  • Devin from Ohio

    I think that the student should be involved in their communities in all ways, but I do not believe that students should do it for the right reasons and not systematically.

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  • Eli from Indiana

    I support the students being punished for a couple reasons. First they are practicing civil disobedience which is not a bad thing but as Martin Luther King Jr. said regarding breaking the law “One who breaks an unjust law must do it openly lovingly… I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and willingly accepts the penalty by staying in the jail.” It is by this quote I believe that the students who walked out should be punished because they did break the law by walking out of the school which is truancy. While I may not believe the laws are unjust, they may think that they are, but since they broke the law they need to accept the consequences that come along with it if they are to truly practice civil disobedience. Second it is a schools job to provide a safe and secure learning environment. The students by walking out and protesting are disrupting the peace of the school day which disrupts the learning process and the schools have a legal obligation to limit the disruptions as much as possible.

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    I support the students being punished for a couple reasons. First they are practicing civil disobedience which is not a bad thing but as Martin Luther…

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    • Tyler from Michigan

      A lot of the schools that participated gave the kids permission and organized it so it was a PEACEFUL PROTEST where people can say “Screw you, school shooters” because of our FREEDOM OF SPEECH.

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      A lot of the schools that participated gave the kids permission and organized it so it was a PEACEFUL PROTEST where people can say “Screw you, school …

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  • kalier from Michigan

    Because it teaches kids to man up and to forgive on what they have do.To be honest they should not be physically hurt.

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  • Grace from Alabama

    If a school does not disciple for acts of civil disobedience, then they are encouraging it. As a teenager, it is our civil duty to go to school and we must uphold that responsibility by respecting the guidelines of our school such as not skipping school as a simple example.

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    If a school does not disciple for acts of civil disobedience, then they are encouraging it. As a teenager, it is our civil duty to go to school and we…

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  • Lavanaya` from California

    Martin Luther King Jr. in his “Letter from Birmingham Jail” wrote that “In no sense do I advocate evading or defying the law, as would the rabid segregationist. That would lead to anarchy. One who breaks an unjust law must do so openly, lovingly, and with a willingness to accept the penalty.” While he was a world renowned activist and speaker jailed for protesting discrimination in the United States post civil war, we are the future leaders of America who are reprimanded for protesting the unsafe conditions and the wars being brought to our “safe havens of knowledge”. There is no difference between him and us, between the suffrage movement and our movement, between the demands of African Americans who deserve their due and our demands to our legislators to stop bringing war and bloodshed from the battlefield into places where little children sing and eat and grow up into flowers. To assume that we shouldn’t be treated the same way, to not take us seriously would be patronizing. Teachers, principles, school boards you must punish us. We walked out of your schools. We walked out in the middle of your lessons because we wanted you to hear us, we turned our backs and left our so called “safe havens” because we wanted to make sure that you remembered the screams of the 17 children who died being shot at as they ran in hallways with books in their hands. Students should lovingly accept the detentions, they should listen to the lectures and admonishments of people who are upset at them for walking out because that is the only way our cause will be accepted. This was not a momentary rebellion which should be ignored and treated as a one time thing where teachers can put their rule books aside. Those rules are important, they set principles for us, they keep us in line. We uphold them to set an example for those who have not upheld the laws that keep us safe. Not punishing us means that you won’t punish the school shooters. I don’t want to be the next victim. I’d rather deal with a hundred detentions and be taken seriously than allow my demand for safety to be treated as a teenage temper tantrum.

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    Martin Luther King Jr. in his “Letter from Birmingham Jail” wrote that “In no sense do I advocate evading or defying the law, as would the rabid…

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  • Jonathan from Indiana

    Students should be disciplined for participating in acts of civil disobedience in accordance with the standard punishment for any student who does not attend class or causes another disruption in the learning environment because a school’s most important responsibility is to provide a safe and productive space for all students. Such discipline does not infringe on a student’s First Amendment rights because students are free to speak in other ways, and they are still able to accept the consequences and participate in acts of civil disobedience anyway. Facing punishment may even make the protests more impactful. Last week, walkouts addressing gun violence occurred in thousands of schools across the country, whether or not the school districts threatened to punish students or not, which demonstrates that a successful protest does not require the school district’s blessing. Further, a willingness to accept the punishment for noncompliance with rules or laws is what makes civil disobedience a powerful form of protest in the first place, and history demonstrates that the change civil disobedience brings about comes mainly from displaying the injustice practiced in unjust laws.
    Last week, many school districts chose a policy of following their standard guidelines laid out for disciplining students who skip class or are “out of bounds” during school hours, and these types of policies reinforce the school’s number one responsibility to preserve the learning environment in every classroom. Attorneys for the ACLU such as Ben Wizner have agreed that students’ First Amendment rights (which are explicitly affirmed in Tinker v. Des Moines) are not violated when they face the same punishments as they would for walking out of class at any other time. The courts have historically upheld a school’s duty to serve in loco parentis and enforce rules that ensure students are not disrupting the learning of themselves or others. It follows that since a walkout is a disruption of time meant for learning, students who participate can face reasonable discipline.
    Students who are serious about the causes they protest should also welcome punishment for acts of civil disobedience because it makes civil disobedience a more effective form of protest and safeguards it from being made less powerful by frequent use. When students have to make a conscious choice as to whether supporting a cause is worth facing disciplinary action, they start to learn how to engage in civil discourse responsibly, and any resulting protests are all the more meaningful because onlookers realize how passionate students are for the cause. The purpose of civil disobedience is not for unjust laws to go unenforced but for unjust laws to be changed, and the way this has happened historically is for peaceful demonstrators to willfully accept the punishment for their actions. Early on, students should learn to maintain the “highest respect for the law” as Martin Luther King Jr. advocated in his “Letter from Birmingham Jail” so that civil disobedience can continue to be an effective means of protest for many years to come.

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    Students should be disciplined for participating in acts of civil disobedience in accordance with the standard punishment for any student who does not…

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  • Mason from Connecticut

    While I do support any individual’s right to peaceful protest, as it is guaranteed in the First Amendment of the US Constitution, they still needed to have the punishment. My reasoning for this is that for a protest to really be effective, the participants need to be willing to break a rule, and deal with the consequences of breaking the rule. How many times has MLK broken laws, and willingly been arrested? This was to prove the point that the cause they are protesting for is more important than any punishment. As a student in a school where people participated, they all knew the consequences, and protested anyways. If our school administration were to not punish them, it would make their protest less effective, because they are not showing how much the cause truly matters. Everyone has the right to free speech but school also isn’t the greatest place for a protest, as it is often hindering other people’s education, and rights.

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    While I do support any individual’s right to peaceful protest, as it is guaranteed in the First Amendment of the US Constitution, they still needed to…

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  • Jacob from Oregon

    We should not allow our student to get away with civil disobedience. For they should know the punishments for breaking laws and should be punished accordingly. If we allow our youth to not follow certain laws no matter what there reasoning we are teaching them that they do not have to follow the rules that are set in place for a reason purely because they do agree with them for whatever reason. This is a very dangerous idea that would cause the federal government to lose control over its people and in the extreme lead to anarchy. In our nation, we have many other forms of verbal protest that we do not need to perform civil disobedience in order to state our opinion. If these students still want to protest that is fine they need to do it in a safe manner that that does not break any federal laws and on there own time, not the schools. This can also be very disruptive to students who are trying to learn, but cannot because half of their class is gone and it is unfair to that student that they cannot get a proper education purely because some other students do not agree with what the federal government is doing.

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    We should not allow our student to get away with civil disobedience. For they should know the punishments for breaking laws and should be punished acc…

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  • alexis from New Hampshire

    If a student were to break a school rule or physically or mentally hurt another person that lead to suicide or other hurtful actions the person who caused it they should get disciplined.

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    If a student were to break a school rule or physically or mentally hurt another person that lead to suicide or other hurtful actions the person who ca…

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  • Malcolm from New Hampshire

    Students should be punished because they know better

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  • Jade from California

    The youth is the future!

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  • Thomas from Pennsylvania

    Students should be disciplined for breaking school rules by walking out of the school building. No matter how noble the cause is in the minds of the students, they do not have the right to leave the building during school hours. They do retain the right to peacefully protest, but during their time outside of school. They cannot claim that it is their right to freedom of speech/expression to leave the school building during constructive hours, as students in schools do not held the same level of constitutional rights as they would hold in public. This can easily be seen by how many schools have speech codes, dress codes, and restrictions that American citizens in public do not face. If any student decides to ditch class and leaves the school in the middle of the day, they will be disciplined if they are caught. Students who left school during this protest should face similar punishment.

    But it is not only school rules that stand in the way of these students leaving the schools in an act of civil disobedience that stand in their way. Large groups of students leaving the school also possesses a safety hazard to themselves and others. The winter has been fairly long this year, so much of the Northern regions of the country saw freezing weather at the time of this protest. Students exiting the building who are not properly dressed for such conditions put themselves at risk of catching colds, pneumonia, or even in worse-case scenarios – hypothermia. Massive groups of students exiting the building also pose a hazard to traffic in the area. For schools in urban areas, drivers would have to watch out for students walking about. Also noteworthy, their protest was against gun violence but by exiting the building in mass numbers they actually put themselves at greater risk of such an attack because they would all be exposed outside the safety of the school walls.

    The students should be punished for violating schools rules that would lead to discipline in any other case.

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  • Linxuan from Pennsylvania

    Prominent civil right leader Martin Luther King Jr. used civil disobedience as a way to express his view. Though not solving the whole problem of racial discrimination, civil disobedience did play a great part in the civil right movement.

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  • Zachary from West Virginia

    Though I do agree with the walk-outs and other protest forms, it is still breaking the rules. Rules are established to hold people accountable for their actions. For participating in this events, an individual should have educated themselves and understand the consequences that could come. It’s the same way with all choices in life.

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    Though I do agree with the walk-outs and other protest forms, it is still breaking the rules. Rules are established to hold people accountable for the…

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  • Micah from Pennsylvania

    I believe that when the students walked out, even if they feel the cause they are fighting is a loyal cause, they knew they were disobeying. Also, many students, especially in my area, just used the protest as an excuse to skip out on school. I do believe that those who do not know the best for the nation should just entrust the issues to voters, since likely many of the student protesters were not even eligible voters, hence not knowing the best for our nation.

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    I believe that when the students walked out, even if they feel the cause they are fighting is a loyal cause, they knew they were disobeying. Also, man…

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  • Quade from Missouri

    Kids need to learn and form habitats.

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  • Anthony from Illinois

    The First Amendment gives students the right to protest. However actions have consequences. Students who took part in the national walkout should be punished because according to my personal school, and others as well, Mass Demonstration and protest goes against school code and district guidelines. The Schools should not have been allowed to encourage students in this protest knowing it violates existing policies. Proper disciplinary action must be taken against students and warnings must be given to staff that openly supported this.

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    The First Amendment gives students the right to protest. However actions have consequences. Students who took part in the national walkout should be p…

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  • Taylor from Louisiana

    I believe standing up for what you believe in is very important and peaceful protests are a great way to get people to recognize you and your viewpoints. However, in many professional environments, politics are to be left outside of the environment and I agree that politics should not be something involved in the school atmosphere. The sole purpose of going to school is to get educated, not to protest. I believe that those who knowingly violated their school’s policies should be held accountable as they would on any other circumstance. I think the reasoning behind the walkout was very important and that all young adults should want to stand up for safety in schools and their is a time and place to do so, but I do not believe this was the appropriate way of going about this.

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    I believe standing up for what you believe in is very important and peaceful protests are a great way to get people to recognize you and your viewpoin…

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  • Lisandra from Arizona

    I think students who partake in acts of civil disobedience even after being notified that they would be punished according to school rules should be punished. Schools are a major privilege in this country, most countries have to pay an outrageous fee in order to receive an education similar to the quality of the education accessible to us for free here in America. As citizens of this country it is our responsibility to speak up about the change we want to see in our government and I completely understand how incredibly important it is to be able to participate in walk-outs and rallies of all kinds. If the school allows it, please go and participate all you want. On the other-hand if the school strictly prohibits it, there is no need to be rebellious and abruptly walk out of class while you are being generously offered an education. There are other options for you to speak up that don’t involve breaking rules, such as finding events during school breaks or over the weekend or sending letters/speaking to your congressmen. With that being said, deliberately disobeying the rules of a school after being warned of the consequences, should definitely be a punishable offense.

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  • ivan from Arizona

    Acts of civil disobedience happens when people voluntarily violate the law to draw attention to their statement. Given that the law is expected to be adhered to at all times, discipline within legal boundaries is expected to be executed against lawbreakers. Therefore, the walk outs that plainly break education laws such as exiting the classroom unexcused are exposed to legal discipline. Here lies the effectiveness of civil disobedience, for viewers of the acts of civil disobedience will feel the sense of injustice or wrong the protesters perceive for their topic- especially when viewers witness people condemned for something that should not occur. On the other hand, the walk outs that avoid conflict with school regulations are not under any legal condemnation and do not require disciplinary action because there is no violation of any law; yet, the weight of the message may or may not be as effective as civil disobedience.

    It is important to note that disciplinary consequences should not mean that the protester’s opinions are wrong or should not be heard. Rather, discipline should plainly signify that violation of law has been responsibly accounted for.

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  • Abigail from Virginia

    Students should be disciplined for these acts of civil disobedience. The reason they are at school is to receive a good education and not go out and skip class for 17 minutes for such a trivial matter. Taxpayers pay money for these students to learn, not to skip school. In addition, protesting is an act of violence itself. Sometimes, people start beating other people up if one side doesn’t agree what the other side believes. These students are just being used by these teachers who want them to protest, but some of these students may not want to protest. Also, instead of protesting, they could be doing something productive like being a friend to someone else who needs one. Also, what about the millions of babies that are being slaughtered each day? If students want to protest, that is what they should be protesting. Protesting for gun control will not solve issues; in fact, they will just make it worse. Gun control will not prohibit people from doing want they want; instead, those people will look to the black market, or just use another weapon. People that want to protest every little issue comes up are just looking to pick a fight, and this will just continue to get worse and lead into a more unhealthy society than we already live in.

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    Students should be disciplined for these acts of civil disobedience. The reason they are at school is to receive a good education and not go out and s…

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  • Amanda from Wyoming

    Students, although are given the right to free assembly through the first amendment, they are still are required to obey the rules as given by the school system. Students give up certain rights when they enter the school, as shown by Tinker v Des Moines.

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    Students, although are given the right to free assembly through the first amendment, they are still are required to obey the rules as given by the sch…

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  • Nathaniel from Kansas

    Student should be disciplined because it best prepares them for the real world. It shows them that yes you should hand up for what you believe in but that does not mean that there will not be consequences, as unfair as it may be. There are always consequences to protesting and students need to know that there are. But we also need to teach them their rights as well as to do what is right and what convicts them.

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    Student should be disciplined because it best prepares them for the real world. It shows them that yes you should hand up for what you believe in but …

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  • Matthew from North Carolina

    Students go to school to learn the basic skills(reading, writing, mathematics, sciences, etc.) that will allow them to become productive members of society later on. Schools are NOT indoctrination centers that promote political ideologies. School administrators and staff are NOT paid to promote partisan political dogma. Furthermore, college level courses explore political thought and critical thinking/reasoning. Kids need to learn the basics before they become political.

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  • Damian from South Dakota

    Like MLK once said, “An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.” By breaking laws and rules, we should readily accept the consequences for doing this establishes our views but also respects the system under which we live. It is also the best way to get things done.

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    Like MLK once said, “An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in or…

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    • Lauren from Oklahoma

      Martin Luther King Jr is actually an excellent reason why students should not be punished for these actions. As a civil rights activist, he understood the importance of the first amendment and the rights that it protected for all Americans. Peaceful protests, like his and others during the 1960s, provide a historical precedent for why our current campaigns are justified. For example, the Free Speech Movement that originated at UC Berkley was one of the first major events that worked to protect First Amendment rights for college students. Similarly, these powers that were granted to all Americans under the constitution should be applied to high school students today. As they continue to peacefully fight for action, they should not be punished for their actions. They are not harming anyone else’s life, liberty, or pursuit of happiness (in fact, the argument could be made that they are fighting for it). These students are not causing a disruption. They are not hurting anyone. They are simply following in the path of leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr and taking small steps to better both their lives and the lives of students in the United States in the future. Following the example of the Free Speech Movement, they should not be punished for these actions. So long as they continue to revolt quietly, their rights should not be taken from them.

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  • Teresa from Washington

    Actions have consequences. It isn’t about what side of a debate you are on; therefore, it is about understanding the principle that cutting class and civil disobedience, even for a cause which one thinks is a good one, has consequences.

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  • Michael from Illinois

    Students are in school to take classes. If the students would like like to participate in walkouts and protests then by all means go ahead but be prepared for the consequences involved with not attending class.

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    Students are in school to take classes. If the students would like like to participate in walkouts and protests then by all means go ahead but be prep…

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  • Justin from Florida

    They should be punished for multiple reasons: 1) They are disobeying rules/laws in order to protest. Students must realize there are consequences for their actions. 2) The lesson is more clearly made if they’re being punished. For instance, it’s very easy to show how Civil Rights leaders used civil disobedience to make their point and show that they were arrested (and much worse) for their acts of CD. 3) Schools/Teachers/Administrators should not be taking a position on “Gun Control” or any of the associated legislation. It is unethical for school personnel to influence students’ beliefs in such a way. Our job is to present the facts and history and then allow the students to make up their own minds. I’ve seen far too much gun control advocacy on the part of teachers in their official roles, which is expressly forbidden. They get away with it because by-and-large educational staff at the county and state levels lean heavily liberal so they find a sympathetic ear. If the students wanted to walk out to protest abortion would many of these high schools allow it? I doubt it, and therefore the point is valid.

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    They should be punished for multiple reasons: 1) They are disobeying rules/laws in order to protest. Students must realize there are consequences for …

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  • rabeah from New York

    The students are the voice of a better future and they must stand against anything that blocks their way from achieving a successful future.

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  • Owen from Florida

    When at school students are there to learn, not to walkout and cause disruptions and safety issues.

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  • Matthew from California

    There is nothing wrong with a peaceful protest, but there is a time and a place for it. If the student would be punished for the same action any other day I see no reason they shouldn’t be punished for walking out for this event.

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    There is nothing wrong with a peaceful protest, but there is a time and a place for it. If the student would be punished for the same action any other…

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  • Naomi from Wisconsin

    The reason civil disobedience is effective is because of the punishment that comes with it. Without any consequences for their actions, students would merely be participating in protest. What makes civil disobedience more powerful than an ordinary protest is that fact that protesters are willing to face consequences for what they believe. When society sees the discipline that students/protesters must undergo as a result of their protest, it does several things that benefit the protesters: 1. It draws more attention to the cause. A protest where punishment comes afterwards will nearly always gain more media/social media attention than a risk-free protest. 2. It causes society to examine their views. The protesters are signaling that they value their cause more than their well being. This adds to the movement’s credibility.

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    The reason civil disobedience is effective is because of the punishment that comes with it. Without any consequences for their actions, students would…

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  • Samanta from Pennsylvania

    It’s considered civil disobedience because the systems in place do not support moral obligations protesters are fighting for. If there is no punishment for the students, why are the rules in place to begin with, or the laws that they are standing up against still in effect. This isn’t to say that students shouldn’t walk out, it is to say that any consequences against there actions are acceptable considering they are still the effective rules in place.

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    It’s considered civil disobedience because the systems in place do not support moral obligations protesters are fighting for. If there is no punishmen…

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  • Anica from California

    Civil disobedience is the refusal to comply with certain laws or to pay taxes and fines, as a peaceful form of political protest. Sometimes the ways students choose to express their beliefs go against school policies. When students make the decision to voice what they believe in, they are responsible for their own actions and must educate themselves on any consequences that may arise.
    I think it is fair for schools to discipline students for opposing set rules that are in place. The intentions of many disciplined actions from a school can become muddled during heated debates. Assuming that schools are not reprimanding students based on the issue and they inform the public of the consequences, the repercussions should be expected by those who choose to protest.

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  • Isabella from Indiana

    Every year, students who are in a history class learn about civil disobedience. They learn about different civil rights activists who risked or even lost their lives while trying to stretch their freedoms as a citizen through their right to free speech. I do think that students should be punished for organizing and going through with walkouts and riots such as these. Many students believe that their right to free speech can cover themselves and they can use it as an excuse, but that is never the case. Having a freedom of speech is great, but there is such a thing called overstepping your boundaries. Students don’t realize that.
    In my own personal opinion, I see the Parkland shooting as the wrong topic to relate towards these walkouts and the wrong subject to start such a revolution like this has turned into. Like I have stated, we all have the right to free speech, but using that freedom to take away an ammendment that we all, as citizens, have is out of line. The Parkland shooting is not the greatest example to use for this age of acting for civil disobedience. I can see where a large shooting such as this one would cause for a riot against weapons and guns, but it will not be a solution. That is only my opinion.
    Many students who participate in acts such as these walkouts that are suddenly spreading all across the country are in it because they feel as though they have a voice, we can understand that, but there is also the portion of kids with the dire want to skip out on class and go outside for a while or the students who are too lazy to do their work and see these actions more as opportunities to rebel against education. Not to mention, how awful these school walkouts look on the school and the education the school is holding for the children. Some schools can be seen as allowing the students to express and experience their freedom, but others can be seen as schools that cannot control their children and need to form some kind of punishment.
    I believe the schools need a system of punishment for the students who insist on rioting. After all, organizing such a large version of controversy or debate is not a piece of what schools want to be about. If students or anyone want to protest something, protest where you can be heard for what is truly being said, not while you are at a building you are supposed to be learning in.

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  • Tiffany from Georgia

    There are consequences for everything. Yes, this is freedom of speech, but students know the rules. If schools tell them that they are not allowed to walk out of the classroom then the students should obey them. It is like a kid stealing a candy bar. They still get into trouble even if they are a kid. There are many other opportunities where students can speak their voice. It does not have to be in the classroom.

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  • sam from New Hampshire

    yes

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  • Mateo from Nevada

    Absolutely. Actions of dissent do not nullify regulations or laws. Even if we disagree with those laws, even if they are immoral or unconstitutional, respect for the rule of law is central to maintaining order and peace. Protesting is absolutely fine, but we mustn’t remember the obligation and responsibility of the school to protect the students, and if a student breaches a restriction, and is not punished, it only undermines the authority of the school administration.

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  • Ida from Virginia

    If we are having our right to free speech taken away from us students it won’t end there. We’ve seen the pain previous generations had due to punishment over civil disobedience. We’ve seen the extremes taken in Charlottesville Virginia. If we allow and support free speech in our schools that will extend to when we are adults and in positions of political power and have more opportunity to change things.

    To keep our right to civil disobedience I’m school is to continue to have free speech when we are adults and for future generations.

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  • Liréna from New Jersey

    You should always protest your rights. Many people don’t know what we’re protesting. It’s not banning guns, it’s having stricter gun laws such as registration, history of mental illnesses, and criminal record checks. This is what we’re trying to protest, not the banning of guns.

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  • Lavanaya from California

    Martin Luther King Jr. in his “Letter from Birmingham Jail” wrote that “In no sense do I advocate evading or defying the law, as would the rabid segregationist. That would lead to anarchy. One who breaks an unjust law must do so openly, lovingly, and with a willingness to accept the penalty.” While he was a world renowned activist and speaker jailed for protesting discrimination in the United States post civil war, we are the future leaders of America who are reprimanded for protesting the unsafe conditions and the wars being brought to our “safe havens of knowledge”. There is no difference between him and us, between the suffrage movement and our movement, between the demands of African Americans who deserve their due and our demands to our legislators to stop bringing war and bloodshed from the battlefield into places where little children sing and eat and grow up into flowers. To assume that we shouldn’t be treated the same way, to not take us seriously would be patronizing. Teachers, principles, school boards you must punish us. We walked out of your schools. We walked out in the middle of your lessons because we wanted you to hear us, we turned our backs and left our so called “safe havens” because we wanted to make sure that you remembered the screams of the 17 children who died being shot at as they ran in hallways with books in their hands. Students should lovingly accept the detentions, they should listen to the lectures and admonishments of people who are upset at them for walking out because that is the only way our cause will be accepted. This was not a momentary rebellion which should be ignored and treated as a one time thing where teachers can put their rule books aside. Those rules are important, they set principles for us, they keep us in line. We uphold them to set an example for those who have not upheld the laws that keep us safe. Not punishing us means that you won’t punish the school shooters. I don’t want to be the next victim. I’d rather deal with a hundred detentions and be taken seriously than allow my demand for safety to be treated as a teenage temper tantrum.

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  • Alejandro from Texas

    Every choice has a consequence, it can be either a good consequence or bad consequence. Students first off shouldn’t skip school Period! because of the consequences that come after. To be honest if you take part in the March for our lives and believe the words that come out of David Hogg and others then you aren’t helping at all.

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  • James from Colorado

    The Founders believed that every tax paying citizen had a right to have a voice in Government. Younger students and such like haven’t the maturity level to understand all the intricacies of what they are supporting or opposing. Running off of raw emotion does not lead to thoughtful dialogue and if you look at David Hogg you are watching a young tyrant in action. He wants only his view point sounded and all opposing views must be silenced. Well boys and girls, this isn’t the Soviet Union or Nazi Germany, or Cuba, or North Korea, or Iran. This is the good old U.S. of A. and here both sides can have a say as long as its civil and they know what they’re supporting. But I don’t feel that any high school student knows enough about the issues or history to be out there protesting on school time, if you want to protest, do it on your own time and honor your parents by attending the classes they paid for with their hard earned money. When you get out into the real world, earn a living and start paying taxes then you will understand this better.

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  • Colin from Washington

    Yes, I think that students should be punished for walking out. A student doesn’t want to be in school. They rather be at home playing video games or watching videos. If students can just get up at any time and leave, that will be an excuse to leave. It’s distracting.

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  • Rhea from New Jersey

    Students should know that although they are speaking for a cause that they believe in, there are consequences for breaking the rules. It is legally allowed for students to be punished for walking out of class or performing any other kind of protest, and a true activist will do what they please knowing the consequences.

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  • Rose from New York

    Though the cause is noble, there is a better way to protest. The students should have gathered more appropriately and with the consent of the school. During school hours, while the parents leave the students to the care of the school institution, the school is directly responsible for the children’s well being and safety. Since they walked out, they jeopardize themselves as well as making the school liable for any misfortunes should the students come across any. Thus, the students should be punished for walking out of classes even if it was in protest to the tragic events in Florida. Their safety is the top concern of the school and the parents, they need to be more aware of themselves as people in a society and the role they have as a young person learning to improve this world to a better one then when they found it.

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  • Julia from Oklahoma

    Many people have said ‘no’ because of the fact that people should have the right to speak out and protest. However, we should remember that the purpose of a school is to educate, not to have distractions that are keeping us from our important studies. All this being said, I don’t think that schools should discriminatorily punish students based on THIER beliefs, but if there is civil disobedience and something is disrupting the safety or the learning of students, it is the school’s responsibility to discipline the students.

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  • Dylan from New York

    High School students should be disciplined for participating in civil
    disobedience/school Walkouts. You cannot even leave school without a parent’s
    note and now schools would let people march during school hours. If you want to
    take part in civil disobedience do it on your own time. Schools organizing these
    Walkouts for Gun Control is very political. Schools should be focused on
    teaching students not indoctrinating them. The National Student Walkout was
    organized the same people who organized the Woman’s March which was very
    political and anti-Trump group. The Woman’s March organizers have ties to Louis
    Farrakhan, the leader of a group called Nation of Islam and Farrakhan is the
    most anti-Semitic person in America. He even called Hitler a “great man”. Once
    you open the door to allowing one protest for students in schools it will be
    hard to stop others. What happens if students then went to do a walkout in favor
    of an evil cause like White Supremacy or anti-police officer? Student Walkouts
    are disruptive to the school day. In numerous Supreme Court cases, including
    Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier, it has been determined that schools can
    limit students’ 1st amendment right to maintain a safe productive learning
    environment. Students should not be allowed to participate in walkouts.

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  • April from New Jersey

    Although students should be able to voice their opinion and fight for their beliefs, breaking the law should have its consequences. This will help students decide for themselves whether something is a cause worth breaking the rules for, and only students with strong beliefs will be present in the movement.

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  • Jaden from Georgia

    It’s not that all students should face punishment, it’s that they should have followed the school rules. While stories like administrators threatening suspension is a bit extreme, these students knew what they were doing. Although nobody wants to talk about it, we all know there were many students who just wanted to get out of class. If the school decided to make it an event, then that is their choice and obviously nobody should be punished. I personally don’t understand the walk out anyway. The issue with these school shootings is bullying. They want to blame someone, the school, gun stores, and the government, but don’t want to take responsibility. Obviously bullying is no excuse to massacre a school, but people break at a certain point. Who knows if a act of kindness, a caring gesture would have saved 17 people that day.

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  • Alan from New Jersey

    Not only does disciplining students for such acts enforce order in schools, disciplining students also emphasizes the importance of the action of the kids punished.

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  • Evan from Wisconsin

    School shootings are bad and the students have the right to protest. HOWEVER, the manner of the protest is very important. By walking out of class, the students protested gun violence, but was this the most efficient manner? First, the students were there to be taught and the teacher was there to teach. By their walkout, the reason for school was thrown out the window. Second, the teacher has little control over the government. It stands to reason that the students should have expressed their feelings in a different way, like wearing a black band like those against the Vietnam War. Considering that what the students did (1) broke the rules, (2) was disrespectful to their teachers, and (3) was not even the most effective way to protest, the students should be punished according to the law. In essence, the students were trying to break the law in hope that law would be made to combat gun violence, which is kind of contradicting.

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  • Gamael from Massachusetts

    Yes they are students but they are also the ones that are being shot at in their schools. If a students feels like he/she is not in a safe place then they have the right act against it so they can be safe. If those students feel like protesting is the right thing to do then so be it because it’s their rights and the school should never interfere to try to stop them from getting justice and a safe environment to receive their education. The first amendment says ” Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” The students are also citizen or resident of the United States so this amendment applies to them the school has no place to take away their rights. One of the biggest argument I heard against the students protesting is that they are “way too young to be part of any politic activity because they don’t even understand what’s going on.” Students spend most of their day at school getting an education and if they can’t do without dying then they have every right to protest for a change. They are being thought at school that one day they are going to be the future of this nation and they are learning about great people like Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony… who fought against oppressive systems and injustice. People can’t expect students to stay quiet against injustice when the are learning about all those inspirational and powerful people.

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    • Brian from New Jersey

      I totally agree! It is students’ right to protest and exercise their 1st amendment. And YES, it is very ignorant for adults to say that students don’t “know enough” when we are the ones at danger. However, no one is taking away our right to protest by providing proper discipline for actions done. If walking out of class (whether you like it or not) is against the school policy, then you still break the school’s established policy and have to face the consequences. There are other ways of protesting, but choosing the unconventional form of protest (such as the walkout) means that there are consequences to follow. Students still had opportunities to join Marches, protest afterschool and such, thus, it is not appropriate to argue that 1st amendment protects our right to walk out. Also, the brave heroes you mention all were willing to face the consequences of their actions. That is what made them TRUE activists.

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  • Molly from Ohio

    You simply can’t send kids to school, raise them with the idea that it is their civic duty to vote and exercise their Constitutional rights and then turn around and punish them for doing exactly that. These kids are merely doing what this country extols: fighting for one’s rights. America was founded out of protests and rebellions against an unfair government that didn’t work for the favor of its citizens; our actions are an echo of our great forefathers who signed the Declaration of Independence. By the Constitution, it is their prerogative to stand up for their beliefs. I could understand punishment perhaps if students should turn to acts of violence and rioting, but that is neither here nor there. Instead, these kids are engaging in peaceful protests that do not harm anyone. If anything, these students should be praised for their initiative and their respect for the founding principles of America, for how they follow in the footsteps of some of America’s most famous leaders for civil rights, like Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. This generation is not the only one to protest (the Vietnam war student protest and the Greensboro Four), and it certainly won’t be the last, not if America is to claim to be the most free and democratic of all countries

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  • Aliyah from New Jersey

    In “The Land of the Free” people should be allowed to stand up for what they deem as right. Not allowing this or punishing this would be a violation to our right, as people of America, to speech. Simply because a child wants fight for their life or, more precisely, have a chance to fight for their life, their actions should not be suppressed by those of opposing views. The kids walking out for whatever reason from commemorating the loss of lives due to numerous shootings (but more recently the shooting in Parkland) to trying to get Congress to improve gun control for the safety of the American people, should not have to choose between letting their voice be heard and letting others speak for them. By suppressing the students’ actions, the administrators are ultimately oppressing the entire country.

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  • Sam from New Hampshire

    They should not be punished, especially since their reason is justified. They may have broken school rules, however they are protesting against a much bigger issue. As long as students are justified and do not resort to violence, they should be allowed to protest peacefully.

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  • Patrick from California

    It’s in our Constitution: we as Americans have the right to protest government if we don’t agree with it. Just like our forefathers, we are voicing our opinions by disobeying a government that refuses to listen to us. I believe that with civil disobedience, we are showing the true American spirit by not letting government walk over us; staying true to our Colonial past.

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  • Kristina from Minnesota

    Walking out of class for a brief yet noticeable period of time in order to stand up for your beliefs should not result in negative consequences. I understand the beauty of a proper education, and I do not believe ditching school should be regular behavior, but this was for a cause. Perhaps other actions at other times could have also expressed the passion these students feel regarding the looseness of gun laws, but civil disobedience is powerful. And abruptly leaving class symbolizes the loss of Florida’s students. Those young victims never expected to be heartlessly ripped from their normal lives. Their absence is felt in school, so the movement for change is demonstrated in school. These students modeled the right way to express their opinions and used their rights of speech from the First Amendment to make an impact without harming a soul. Adults cannot discipline those without fault. Place the consequences on the violence, not on the effort for peace.

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  • Emaan from Virginia

    It is the students right to-in a civil and peaceful manner-protest.

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  • Jasmine from California

    Student should not be disciplined for fighting what they believe in. As citizens of the United States, they deserve and have that right to protest. They should be allowed to express their opinion freely and the public and the schools should support them in their endeavors to fight and to protest. They should support them as they did in “Silver Spring, Md., [where] a long line of sign-holding students walked down a major street, with a police escort blocking traffic”. This is the type of support that is necessary and encourages young students minds and freedom of thought and expression. Not only is this a protest, but a commemoration like “In Helena, Mont., [where] more than 200 students gathered outdoors and shared stories and details about 17 lives”.

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  • Alexia from California

    Every student has the right to protest for what they believe in especially when these acts are being done to students at school. School is a place where everyone should feel safe not fear for their lives.

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  • Stacey from Alabama

    While students may be breaking some school rules, many are doing it for a purpose and not just to get out of school. The student is protesting the school in the same way that someone would protest their government. The government is supposed to make laws and be above everyone and people shouldn’t have the need to protest, but sometimes they do. In the same way, if someone is protesting for a specific cause and is not harming another, it should not be punished. Along the lines of the school walk out, it was only for a certain amount of time. Classes still ran the same, but the students walked out for a small amount of time to show how they felt. They were expressing their opinions and trying to get involved in their future government so they should not be punished.

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  • Nathan from Missouri

    No they shouldn’t be punished for standing up for there beliefs because that is our first amendment to the constitution an the bill of rights. If the put that in the constitution an bill of rights why punish them for doing something they have the right too.

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  • Alexandra from Ohio

    I believe that by walking out of the classroom the student is exercising their right to protest. They have a right to peacefully protest against these school shootings and safety procedures. I also understand that by getting up and walking out there is really no positive outcome. Yes, students won’t be in school, but what changed? Nothing. Students just walked out of class, THAT’S why students are getting in trouble. Now, I voted that no, students shouldn’t be punished. And I believe this to be true as long as they are making an impact. If students are walking out of class and discussing how they can make their school a better place, or writing to the legislatures, or the school board, then they shouldn’t be in trouble. They are protesting and trying to make a difference for the lives that have been lost. It’s theire right too.

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  • Tyler from Michigan

    According to the 1st Amendment of the Constitution, all people (not all U.S. citizens) have the right to peacefully assemble and have the freedom of speech.

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  • Lillian from New Hampshire

    It is our right to be able to exercise the first amendment. It is important to be able to protest and share the views of younger generations. What happened in Florida was not okay, and neither was any of the shootings before that. Teens should be able to protest with a walk-out. Teachers all across the country are protesting work to get a higher pay. So why can´t we protest to stay safe?

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  • Joshua from North Carolina

    First Amendment rights: we have the right to peaceful demonstration and freedom of speech.

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  • Mariya from Mississippi

    They have been punished enough by their friends and teachers being taken away from them.

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  • Taylor from Nebraska

    They are the ones being shot at school

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  • Shayna from California

    The rights to free speech are not shed at the school gate

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  • Emily from North Carolina

    Students participating in civil obedience are being true to the ideals of our country. Civil disobedience is pivotal in making the nation where it is now. To deny students the right to protest is denying them the right to act as American citizens.
    Although there are several supreme court cases that show that students have different rights than adults, the case of Tinker vs Des Moines shows that students can have the right to peacefully protest provided that it doesn’t disrupt the learning environment of the school, which brings us to the current situation involving the march fourteenth walkout. The walkout, designated for students protesting the recent gun violence in schools could be construed as ‘disrupting the school environment’ however, as a student who was involved in the walkout, the sole disruption was a divided class period, a disruption that would have been far worse if the students had been denied their rights for protest. The walkout was a calm, orderly, and determined act of civil disobedience. The students participating in this event should not be punished as they are performing their first amendment right to the Freedom of Assembly.

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  • Luka from Oregon

    It’s freedom of speech

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  • heaven from Pennsylvania

    we should have our own freedom of speech and what we do

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  • Rashel from New Jersey

    It is a right given in the constitution to protest

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  • Rebecca from New Jersey

    Students should speak up for what they believe in. We have voices too and whatever we believe in, we would fight for. Violence should stop

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  • jostin from New Jersey

    students should be able to have a voice in this nation

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  • Jemema from New Jersey

    Kids are the face of the future. We are the generation that can really make things happen.

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  • Kayla from New Jersey

    Why should students not have a voice? Students should feel safe protesting for what they think is right. It is given in the constitution that we do have the right to protest and let people hear our voices.

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  • Sarah from New Jersey

    As civilians that have full control over how this nation continues to thrive and expand, I find it extremely confusing why we should be denied our visions on how we want this nation to be the best that it could be.

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  • Mantaj from New Jersey

    Students should feel safe protesting for what they believe in, it is a constitutional right to peacefully protest. Many students may not feel strongly about the issue, but that doesn’t mean those who do take protesting seriously should also face punishment. I agree that something should be done to students that couldn’t care less about the issue and only protest to get out of classes, but having everyone punished is illogical. MLK got arrested many times for his actions, but he did it on purpose, for he knew doing so would raise support. Punishing students does the opposite to a cause.

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  • Margaret from Massachusetts

    Students have a first amendment right to a peaceful protest. Schools have no place or power in restricting these rights, and it is even unconstitutional to do so. In the real world sure you might face consequences in the form of an unpopular public opinion or protest, but you face these same consequences in this demonstration as well; but in the real world there is no authority that has the legal right to restrict standing up for what you believe in. If schools feel the need to punish kids to weed out those joining the protest only to skip class, then the problem starts with those who feel the matter at hand is not a big enough deal to take seriously. It can also be seen as taking a political stance, which schools are not allowed to do, if they punish students for exercising their first amendment rights. However, this means schools also have to support walkouts that are pro-gun or any other matter, which they should also do as it is not up to schools to dictate the opinions and beliefs of students.

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  • Krisna from New Jersey

    Students should never be disciplined for an act of standing up for what they believe in. Every human born on this Earth should have the right to stand up for anything they seem unfit about society and should not be shamed or disciplined for doing so. Walking out is a decision and a right that every student has and if schools decided to discipline students for doing that, then they are going against the rights of the students, which could lead to even more horrible consequences.

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  • Enrico from New Jersey

    Although I think that students who walked out without their principal’s consent should have at least talked to the principal to have some form of resolution to appease both parties, I do not believe that students should be reprimanded for disobeying school rules. I want this generation of kids to grow to have the mindset that they can do anything like leading movements such as advocating for stricter gun laws. This leads to the argument of whether we want kids to grow up idealists or realists. I want kids to grow up as idealists so that they can create a better America in the future. Children today are influenced much more than kids in the 1900’s so if children were heavily reprimanded today for simply walking out, it could discourage them from perusing the movement for stronger gun laws. I am not saying that adults should create a perfect world for children where they can do anything they want, but people should let children act out against controversial issues such as gun laws while telling them that there CAN be consequences to their actions and that they should make sure they account for any repercussions to their actions so that they can prepare for anything they do.

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    Although I think that students who walked out without their principal’s consent should have at least talked to the principal to have some form of reso…

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  • Anonymous from Washington

    It’s a bit of a difficult decision to make, because there are some students who possibly see the protests as an opportunity to leave and hang around yet it is important to think of those who truly believe in these protests. Whether there are more who care about protests or not, it is important to think of those who care. It’s not right to punish those who did nothing wrong.

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    It’s a bit of a difficult decision to make, because there are some students who possibly see the protests as an opportunity to leave and hang around y…

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  • Justin from New Jersey

    This nation was built upon men and women who had a need to express their ideas of independence and freedom against the British government. If these people had not expressed their opinions, America would not have been born. Therefore how does it make sense to silence the opinions of modern American citizens. This nation was built on the voices of the people should continue to grow with the voices of the people.

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    This nation was built upon men and women who had a need to express their ideas of independence and freedom against the British government. If these pe…

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  • Khushi from New Jersey

    Students should be able to voice their opinion because we are the next generation. If we don’t voice our opinion, how will there ever be change?

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  • Niki from New Jersey

    Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are engraved in the minds of every child living in America. As the future generation, it is students obligation to speak out for themselves to end school violence because no voice is louder than those of the children fighting to stay safe and alive. When has speaking out to keep the young alive become an act of civil disobedience? It is time that many students teach others that arms are meant for hugging and not killing.

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    Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are engraved in the minds of every child living in America. As the future generation, it is students oblig…

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  • Tenzin from New Jersey

    Students should not be afraid to speak out to protect their lives and the lives of others. By punishing students for “taking part in civil disobedience,” it sets a precedent that kids should stay within the norm. The point of a democracy is to have the people speak for what the people want. If the school administration punishes and ignores students for fighting for what they believe in, they are raising students to be compliant and never question anything in their lives.

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    Students should not be afraid to speak out to protect their lives and the lives of others. By punishing students for “taking part in civil disobedienc…

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  • Alice from New Jersey

    Students should not be punished for utilizing their freedom of speech, especially because it was students who died in the school shooting and students who are the ones still under threat of more school shootings. The only way to prevent such things is for them to voice their thoughts and drive change through school walk-outs and protests to show how angry they are that school shootings keep happening and no one seems to be doing anything useful.

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    Students should not be punished for utilizing their freedom of speech, especially because it was students who died in the school shooting and students…

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  • Melissa from New Jersey

    Students should have the right to protest such a serious issue that pertains to them without worrying about what will be put on their track record. The national walkout wasn’t a protest against schools or any administration in schools, it was a protest against gun violence which I personally believe the schools should have supported. The students shouldn’t be punished for fighting for their safety, especially if no one was being harmed as a result of the walkout.

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    Students should have the right to protest such a serious issue that pertains to them without worrying about what will be put on their track record. Th…

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  • cherish from New Jersey

    NO, because everyone should have to freedom to voice their own opinion about anything they think they should act on without being penalized.

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  • Sienna from New Jersey

    Students should not be punished for participating in the walk-out. They are fighting for what they believe is right, which is directly related to their school lives.

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  • Dany from New Jersey

    Students should not be punished for expressing their thoughts on national issues. The students of today will be tomorrow’s leaders and stopping them now will lead to a future where everyone will do what they are told and no one will challenge authority. If there is no way to express ourselves, how will the government know the people’s needs.

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    Students should not be punished for expressing their thoughts on national issues. The students of today will be tomorrow’s leaders and stopping them n…

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  • Adrian from Ohio

    No! Students voices should be uplifted, not scilenced!

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  • Jasmine from New Jersey

    First of all, teachers have encouraged us to be part of protests and stand up for what we believe in. However, as it starts to affect the teachers, they tend to withdraw in punishing us. Why bother to teach us to engage in activities when they’ll end up betraying their students. Additionally, the first amendment gives everyone the freedom of speech which means students are free to stand up for their belief and nobody can punish them in any way.

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    First of all, teachers have encouraged us to be part of protests and stand up for what we believe in. However, as it starts to affect the teachers, th…

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  • drake from Michigan

    I say no because the students should be able to share their opinion about the school shooting and the deaths from the shooting.

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  • Tank from Michigan

    i feel that the fact of children and young adults being dissiplined fro useing there first amendment if these people want to explote there seond amendment to keep there pressious guns why cant we, the future of our country exploite the first amendment one thats actually important to our countries foundation compaired to guns which, qite frankley we can live with out ya we would be giving up one right but its one thats killed thousands compared to one theats just words.

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    i feel that the fact of children and young adults being dissiplined fro useing there first amendment if these people want to explote there seond amend…

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  • T.J. from Texas

    The Bill of rights is guarantee human rights for the citizen of America. The first amendment is Freedom of Speech. The students who protest or walk out the class should not be punish for their actions.
    The citizens of America uses that first amendment for defense and offense. The right of Freedom of Speech is what make countries like United States of America, Chile, United Kingdom, Jamaica, and Japan special.The Freedom of Speech contains rights to free religion, free press, and freedom to association and freedom of protest.

    The students should not be punished. The kids are not walking out of campus for fun or being ignorant. As long they are not disturbing other students education or work. The walk out protest is for the school shootings, and if the students do not feel safe and secure. They have every right to leave the school premises if necessarily. The school shooting are becoming a monthly news. It’s easy for a kid to get a weapon at any moment. Students goes to school without knowing if their going to be able to go home tonight.
    As a student of High school, questioning school safety has never been brought till the past couple of years of the tragic shootings. If somebody made safety a concern on the campus. The parents and students are going to want them leave the premises.
    So no, they should not be punish, as long they don’t disturb others education. They have every right to walk out or protest for the school shootings . The safety of students should be the number one concern. We live in a country where believe in practicing our amendments and Freedom of Speech is one of them.

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  • collin from Michigan

    first admendment gives us the freedom of speeh which people cant take away from you

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  • Joshua from Michigan

    It is our right as Americans, our right to gather peacefully are protected by the First Amendment.

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  • Kaitlyn from New Jersey

    Freedom of speech is the first amendment. What us students are doing is nonviolent, so students should be allowed to express their feelings.

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  • Daniel from New Jersey

    It is our responsibility as students, and most of all, as American citizens, to stand up for the essential freedoms we deserve. Punishment for these actions denies us a voice we so desperately need in these trying times. Just because we may not have the right to vote yet does not mean that we do not have the responsibility to be informed Americans and to spread awareness to our peers and those in the highest levels of the U.S. government of the issues that we feel are most important in the present moment. We should not be reprimanded for being American citizens.

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    It is our responsibility as students, and most of all, as American citizens, to stand up for the essential freedoms we deserve. Punishment for these a…

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  • Godsy from New Jersey

    According to the First Amendment, Americans have the freedoms of speech and peaceful assembly. Therefore, students who are taking part of an act of peaceful civil disobedience in an attempt to create a positive change in their society should not face any serious consequences for their actions. If those actions were to turn violent and disruptive, school administration has the responsibilty to intervene, but in cases of peaceful protest, students have the right to express their opinion in unconventional ways.

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    According to the First Amendment, Americans have the freedoms of speech and peaceful assembly. Therefore, students who are taking part of an act of pe…

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  • Lynaisha from New Jersey

    I believe that students have a right to protest for something they believe in no matter what it is. Seventeen people had died who did not get a chance at a future they could of have. Those seventeen teenagers could have been our next United Staes presidents. If that hits home for students and make them feel that enough is enough then I feel that they should have a right to be able to walk out -Lynaisha

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    I believe that students have a right to protest for something they believe in no matter what it is. Seventeen people had died who did not get a chance…

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    • Krisna from New Jersey

      I totally agree!

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  • Sebastian from New Jersey

    This is not ok because just for obedience is not ok.l

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  • Gianna from New Jersey

    If the idea that we should “fight/stand up for what believe in” is engraved in many children’s heads from the moment they can comprehend it, then why should we get punished or “disciplined” for doing so.

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    • Evan from Wisconsin

      What is the purpose of government? The early Americans view of government was expressed in the Declaration of Independence–”We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” Are we going to disobey laws and thus destroy government, the section of society that secures our rights?

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      What is the purpose of government? The early Americans view of government was expressed in the Declaration of Independence–”We hold these truths to…

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  • Ashley from New Jersey

    My school is learning about movements and protests that started with the students, and I feel like as teenagers, schools do have a right to punish us, but that wouldn’t affect us as much. If everyone is passionate about what they fought for, they will still push through like Rosa Parks did after the numerous times she went to jail. No matter the amount of backlash we get from schools and the government, students WILL fight back.

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    My school is learning about movements and protests that started with the students, and I feel like as teenagers, schools do have a right to punish us,…

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  • Julie from Pennsylvania

    Students taking 17 minutes out of a school day to honor Florida’s victims as well as exercise their first amendment rights, especially because lots of schools allowed it, is hardly civil disobedience in the first place. On another note, it should’t result with punishment either way. Getting suspended could ruin the student’s entire future, even though what they did was peaceful and for a good cause. Not only that, the walkout took only 17 minutes out of a 7 hour school day. Schools need to encourage students to stand up for what they believe in and make themselves heard! We wouldn’t be here today if nobody stood up for their beliefs. What would be the point of ruining a kid’s future just for using their voice in a free country?

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  • Jenna from New Jersey

    It is wrong to punish students for showing their feelings.

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  • Andreina from Connecticut

    Students should be allowed to participate in such protests without any consequences if it is done accordingly. The students who partook in this protest did not harm any one they were only voicing their opinion in a non violent way. Protests should be encouraged by the schools because it allows students to have a voice; and it allows them to learn from such experience and conduct further protests in a respected manner.

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    Students should be allowed to participate in such protests without any consequences if it is done accordingly. The students who partook in this protes…

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  • Adam from Illinois

    No because they are staying up for what is right. They should be able to protest and have their voice heard. If students do not get to stand up and protest they will not be able to learn what it’s like to protest

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    No because they are staying up for what is right. They should be able to protest and have their voice heard. If students do not get to stand up and p…

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  • Emma from New Hampshire

    Every student has rights which include, freedom of speech and a peaceful protest, which means participating in walk-outs, protests and other activities regardless of the school rules. Even though I understand where school administrators are coming from they should not punish their students for speaking their mind.

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    Every student has rights which include, freedom of speech and a peaceful protest, which means participating in walk-outs, protests and other activitie…

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  • katie from New Hampshire

    Regardless of the reason why people are protesting, in shouts or silence, the first amendment states that everyone has the right to protest as long as it stays safe and nonviolent. Teachers may give students consequences, but for what? Because after years of violence, and death, we finally come together as one big community to take a stand? 17 minutes of silence is not asking much, especially being the cause it is for. We protest together voicing our opinions about these now repetitive occurrences that are taking innocent lives away from us, for no reason. And get punished or not, our country that has the right to stand up and voice what is right, and maybe, just maybe, we can make a difference.

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    Regardless of the reason why people are protesting, in shouts or silence, the first amendment states that everyone has the right to protest as long as…

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  • Caitlin from New Hampshire

    Although they may be breaking a school rule, these students are standing up for what they believe in. Without this message that they are sending, we may never have change. These protests are starting change. Students should not be punished for what they believe in. We have the right to freedom of speech and peaceful protest, and these students are exercising their rights. If teachers believe they should be punished, then they should rethink this and realize that the students are just trying to make the country safer for present and future students.

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    Although they may be breaking a school rule, these students are standing up for what they believe in. Without this message that they are sending, we m…

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  • Dhanesh from New Hampshire

    this may have no affiliation to this but, the 8th amendment states that there will be no unusual or cruel punishment will be inflicted

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  • Cameron from New Hampshire

    No that would not only violate there right to free speech but also to a peaceful protest which would be the epitome of what the writers of the bill of rights was intended for.

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  • Kendall from New Hampshire

    Protesting peacefully is the best way to have your voice heard by a larger people. As long as no harm is done, speaking out for their rights should be encouraged.

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  • Zach from New Hampshire

    Peaceful protest is legal

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    • Daniel from New Hampshire

      Technically Evan, you don´t have to let people onto your property. If you don´t want them there, you could even call the cops and just say, ¨These people are not endangering me, but I do not wish to have them on my property.¨

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      Technically Evan, you don´t have to let people onto your property. If you don´t want them there, you could even call the cops and just say, ¨These …

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    • Evan from Wisconsin

      So people can peacefully hang out on your front lawn to protest something? It is a peaceful protest!

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  • Charlie from New Hampshire

    I believe that students who commit acts of civil disobedience should not be punished beyond the rules explicitly stated by the school prior to the school administrators notification of the students’ disobedience because they are expressing their opinion peacefully, and their actions are supported by the right to free speech and peaceful protest.

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    I believe that students who commit acts of civil disobedience should not be punished beyond the rules explicitly stated by the school prior to the sch…

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  • leah from New Hampshire

    These students know what they were standing up for, and the organizers obviously kept in mind the consequences they would be facing for leaving class. What wasn’t expected was the idea of more punishment than necessary, and being punished for a peaceful protest. The only punishments these people should endure are the ones previously put in place by the schools.

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    These students know what they were standing up for, and the organizers obviously kept in mind the consequences they would be facing for leaving class….

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  • Rose from New Hampshire

    Many shootings of recent years have happened in schools, to students. These students should have the right to protest what they believe in. These students are not violently representing their opinions, and should not be punished for it.

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    Many shootings of recent years have happened in schools, to students. These students should have the right to protest what they believe in. These stud…

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  • Grungle from New Hampshire

    I mean, it depends. If it is violent, that is not OK. But if it is peaceful, where is the harm in that? Sure, they may be late for classes, but at least they are caring about something important and not being teenagery and angsty.

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    I mean, it depends. If it is violent, that is not OK. But if it is peaceful, where is the harm in that? Sure, they may be late for classes, but at lea…

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  • Daniel from New Hampshire

    According to the First Amendment of the Constitution, all people are given the right of free speech, even students. They are peacefully protesting in a nonviolent way. What is the harm in this? There is no reason for the students to be disciplined for honoring the lives of students that were unrightfully slaughtered.

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    According to the First Amendment of the Constitution, all people are given the right of free speech, even students. They are peacefully protesting in …

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  • Emma from New Hampshire

    people should not be disciplined for expressing their opinoins

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  • Thirtha from Virginia

    Gun violence in schools has been happened for a very long time now. Schools should be a place of safe learning. If students feel unsafe, they should be able to protest nonviolently, which is what many students are now doing by walking out. In fact, the people being directly affected by school shootings are not just the students, but the entire school. For example, the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida killed not only students, but teachers also. The shooting was also terrifying to everyone at the school. I believe that the best action would be for the schools themselves to take initiative and allot time during the school day for walking out. The schools can sort out the details themselves about when, where, and for how much time. Of course this brings up other problems, like some schools not supporting the movement for gun control, which in turn would mean greater consequences for students trying to walk out to show their support. Whether or not schools should participate in walkouts should be decided by the entire school, not just the administration. This way, students won’t have to be disciplined for just expressing their opinions in a peaceful manner. If students take advantage of this time given for peaceful protesting, only then should they be disciplined for their actions.

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    Gun violence in schools has been happened for a very long time now. Schools should be a place of safe learning. If students feel unsafe, they should b…

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  • Ainsley from Illinois

    No. That’s infringement on our 1st amendment abd unconstitutional to punish them for exercising it. We are a country built on protesting. You cannot silence them.

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  • Amber from Texas

    it should be acknowledged that students have limited rights on school grounds but they are limited with the thought of ensuring the safety of students. With this exhibition of their they are trying to ensure their safety in schools. They want legislative reform from the very adults that believe that we are nothing but a bunch of teenagers with no knowledge of politics, law, and the world around us. If the government will not try to keep students, teachers, and administrators safe than the people must try to get the government to do it. If the government does not want to have more rules on who can and cannot purchase a gun, even after so many incidents where the same automatic weapon is used than it is up to the people, the students, to force them to have more rules. Another student should not have to die for their to be reform.

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    it should be acknowledged that students have limited rights on school grounds but they are limited with the thought of ensuring the safety of students…

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  • Megan from Illinois

    Students shouldn’t be reprimanded for protesting something they believed in. As Americans, one of our most protected rights is the freedom of speech. These protests were used to show citizens discontent with how the government is handling the issue of school shootings. Public schools are an extension of the government and therefore cannot ignore our rights. Unless the schools could provide a equal opportunity to protest, that can create the same impact then they have no right punishing these students. This is also shown by the precendent sent by the Supreme Court with the Tinker v Des Moines 1969 ruling regarding symbolic speech. The impact of having students out of class for 17 minutes is something you can’t create outside of schools hours. Therefore, these students shouldn’t be punished based on their actions.

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    Students shouldn’t be reprimanded for protesting something they believed in. As Americans, one of our most protected rights is the freedom of speech. …

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  • Tori from Texas

    Students do not deserve punishment for standing up for what they believe in. If it goes against previously enforced school rules, than okay. But otherwise, let students be leaders and let them have their own voice.

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    Students do not deserve punishment for standing up for what they believe in. If it goes against previously enforced school rules, than okay. But other…

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  • Sabine from Texas

    In the words of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy, “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, make violent revolution inevitable.” Though his words were originally intended in the context of actions taken by the Cuban government, they are today applicable to our own society.
    Following the multitude of school shootings in recent years, acts which leave schools and communities frightened and apprehensive, young protesters have received a great amount of both support and criticism from politicians on their outspoken demonstrations.
    Many students, particularly those located in regions in which the majority of the population opposes their viewpoints, have even been persecuted by their school and local authorities. While it is perfectly within the rights of school officials to do so, it is also decidedly unethical and un-American.
    Such an issue is not unprecedented. In 1973, famed American author Kurt Vonnegut became a focal point of national attention when the superintendent of Drake High School in North Dakota burned 32 copies of his book Slaughterhouse Five after receiving complaints from the community that the books were inappropriate for a high school audience due to their “course language”.
    The nation was in outrage. This school had taken it upon itself to determine what its students could and could not experience and express, and it had done so in a way which seemed to undermine the very principles upon which America was built.
    Sound familiar? Though the situations are different, the core issue is the same, and thus, the response should also be similar. Schools have a duty to protect and to educate their students, and to encourage them to be active, productive citizens. Punishing students for exercising their right to express their beliefs and fight for a positive change contradicts all of these responsibilities, and indeed contradicts the basis of democracy.
    Schools may have the right to punish students for exercising rights of their own, but in doing so they push the already divided country closer to the “violent revolution” which President Kennedy forewarned.

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  • Matthew from Tennessee

    This act of walking out of the class room did not cause harm to anyone involved. It only showed a disapproval on this matter. This is same kind of thing was exhibited in the subprime court case Texas v. Johnson where a protester burned a American flag as a way so expressing himself. In the “walk out” and this case no one was hurt, so the question of if we should punish them or not should be decided based upon presidents from other cases involving the right to freely express oneself.

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    This act of walking out of the class room did not cause harm to anyone involved. It only showed a disapproval on this matter. This is same kind of thi…

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  • Ezra from Idaho

    I believe that the only punishment students should receive is whatever coincides with already-standing attendance and tardy policy. Students would already be aware of this rule and could then decide to take action as they see fit. Acts of peaceful protest – like the walkout – is a right and device of practicing democracy. Students should definitely be allowed to participate because soon they will be voting and seeing movements and changes around them. Just because some of them may not be 18, does not mean they cannot understand the politics going on around them.

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    I believe that the only punishment students should receive is whatever coincides with already-standing attendance and tardy policy. Students would alr…

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  • Naomi from Wisconsin

    Students standing together to support a cause do not deserve punishment. Unless the act is causing harm to others. By leaving the classroom they are not injuring or disrupting the learning enviornment, they are simple excersicing their rights. Students are allowed to make their own decisions and punishing students for walking out in order to take a stand is by no means going to prove anything. Students have a voice no matter what their age is. Punishing a mass of people who all participate in the same event is not necessary.

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    Students standing together to support a cause do not deserve punishment. Unless the act is causing harm to others. By leaving the classroom they are n…

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    • Riley from New Hampshire

      Yes and the 9th amendment to says that there are more rights so they can do it

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  • Alexandra from Florida

    All our lives, we are taught to engage in activities such as this in order to make a mark on the world. Teachers and schools actively tell us to do these kinds of things. However, the moment it affects them, they want to punish the students who participate. Punishing these students goes against what these same schools have taught us since we could understand what civil disobedience is.

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    All our lives, we are taught to engage in activities such as this in order to make a mark on the world. Teachers and schools actively tell us to do th…

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  • Danielle from New York

    The first amendment allows for freedom of speech, and civil disobedience is nonviolent, so students shouldn’t be disciplined for expressing their opinions in a nonviolent way.

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    • Nayzeth from New Jersey

      i agree.

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    • matthew from New Hampshire

      guns arent the problem its people that are the problem

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    • Grungle from New Hampshire

      agreed

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  • Emma from Georgia

    If students are reprimanded for taking action in order to facilitate change, then schools are causing students to be less likely to be active citizens because they were suspended or received other punishment for trying to change their society. Students have the right to assemble, and if administration works with the students they can make the protest safe and effective and keep everything in order to allow their students to demonstrate in support of their beliefs. It will additionally teach students skills in order to facilitate change as young adults as well as the ability to vocalize their ideas and peacefully assemble.

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    If students are reprimanded for taking action in order to facilitate change, then schools are causing students to be less likely to be active citizens…

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  • DesTiny from New York

    I believe no because they are standing up for what is right in a civil protest. They are not going out on a killing spree, but acting in a civil manner. We are the future of America and it is our duty to prtect the country we live in. We will eventually have to endure all of this one day, so why not create a safe environment now?

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    I believe no because they are standing up for what is right in a civil protest. They are not going out on a killing spree, but acting in a civil manne…

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  • Lilly from California

    Freedom of speech and the freedom to express your opinions, whatever they may be, are some of the founding principles of America. School does not have the ability to limit these rights. Though it is breaking school rules, the walkouts and other forms of civil disobedience are performed in order to raise awareness for an issue threatening people’s lives. With issues already continuing due to failure to speak out, it is up to the students. Schools should not limit students’ influence, especially because a lack of action could ultimately lead to death.

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    Freedom of speech and the freedom to express your opinions, whatever they may be, are some of the founding principles of America. School does not have…

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  • Cinthia from California

    The walk out was so that we can honor people who shouldn’t have even been killed. What happened is the US Government’s fault because they can’t suck it up. It is 2018, why is it that people are living in fear at the one place they’ve been going to so that they can have a wonderful future. Now 17 kids who were at school, learning, don’t have a future.

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    The walk out was so that we can honor people who shouldn’t have even been killed. What happened is the US Government’s fault because they can’t suck i…

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  • Angelica from Missouri

    Participating in protests and walkouts not only opens up their mind to more creative approaches to politics and current events but it helps them grow as citizens. Students ARE the future and if they are able to form in-depth and educated opinions about something such as this, AND do something, then when they’re of voting age, they’ll be able to cause more change and more growth within the government. Punishing them for something that is not only written in the Constitution but something that they feel so passionate about, it affects them later in life and lessens our chances for a bigger and brighter future. If you discipline people on something that directly affects them and their loved ones, it doesn’t make them any less determined and passionate about what they believe in, it only lessens their trust in both the system and the government.

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  • Eva from Michigan

    Students should be allowed the right to respectful protest that does not interrupt learning processes.

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  • Gillian from Illinois

    Students walking out shows first and foremost that they are paying attention to what is going on in their country. It shows that they believe in something and are prepared to exercise their constitutional rights in order to push lawmakers to do something. I believe that students should not be disciplined for doing this but instead teachers and administrators should use protests like this one to educate students. Specifically they should be educated on what constitutional rights allow them to protest in this manner (free speech, freedom to assemble, and freedom to protest), as well as try to show them what they can do to make a bigger change, like attending large marches, registering to vote, volunteering for campaigns that they support, etc. So in short, I do not believe that students should be reprimanded for participating in this walk out, instead I think they should be praised for their mindfulness and taught how to further direct their efforts.

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  • Jack from Tennessee

    By punishing students, they deter other students from expressing their constitutional right to protest according to the first amendment.

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  • briana from California

    America itself was created upon the grounds the oppression will not be stood for. We as a society and furthermore as a nation should all partake in forms of civil disobedience. Simply because standing by and watching will only make the problem worse and eventually it’ll be so bad that there will be no fix. Standing up and fighting, resisting in a civil way is the way to a better future for us all.

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  • Trinity from California

    Students, like any American citizen, have a right to make a stand for what they believe in. However, their act of making a stand should not interfere with their civic duty. Students walking out of school would be like police officers quitting being officers to protest criminal activity. Especially considering not every single student who marches might care about the cause; they just want to get out of classes for the day. Again, students have every right to make a stand. Their right to try and make a change, however, shouldn’t interfere with their schoolwork.

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  • Hannah from Arizona

    Students should not be specifically punished for acts of civil disobedience. It would be wrong to impose new rules on students as to suppress the protests currently happening. But it is important to realize that if a student is willingly defying the rules, they have to accept that punishment. That is a core principle of civil disobedience that has been seen in history, most famously with MLK jr. when he was arrested in Birmingham jail. He knew he defied the law and excepted that. Students who understood the rules and principles of the school and still choose to deny them, have to accept that punishment is a part of their actions. Overall, students should not be reprimanded by the school for civil disobedience as it would oppress the First Amendment rights.

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    Students should not be specifically punished for acts of civil disobedience. It would be wrong to impose new rules on students as to suppress the prot…

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  • Sydney from North Carolina

    I believe it’s all about freedom of choice. When it’s that many kids taking a stand then the issues need to be addressed. I feel like it was for a good cause, honestly. The USA is all about speaking out and freedom of speech so the teens should be able to do it. I believe the intentions were positive.

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  • Rachel from New Hampshire

    It is well within the rights of these students as Americans to have their voices heard. If anything they should be getting praised for paying attention to the news and forming an opinion at a young age. Politics is an important topic in our society and for the youth to partake in that is admirable.

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    It is well within the rights of these students as Americans to have their voices heard. If anything they should be getting praised for paying attentio…

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  • Ryan from South Dakota

    Absolutely not!!! As we’ve experienced in the last election, the popular vote doesn’t matter as much as the electoral college vote. Because our populous votes are seemingly rendered useless, our fight takes place through the media. As U.S. citizens, one of the rights we are granted is our freedom of speech, and media platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and news corporations can help us convey our political ideas. We are the next generation of America, and we have the right to have an opinion, even if nobody else accepts it.

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    Absolutely not!!! As we’ve experienced in the last election, the popular vote doesn’t matter as much as the electoral college vote. Because our populo…

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    • Lexie from New Hampshire

      I definitely agree with how you said this and your statement,

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  • Adriana from Texas

    No! We want to be heard! Our generation wants to speak out against the gun laws that haven’t brought any reassurance that we can obtain an education without the fear of guns being placed in our mindsets! We need to speak out and if congress wants to just sit and watch, then they can! They need to see that we are using our rights to stand up for a cause that will affect further generations! Congratulations to the students who are showing bravery and courage! Shame on those who hault them from acting on a cause that they feel passionate enough about to walk out of a “safe” enviornment!

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  • Jeremy from Pennsylvania

    Public discipline is never the way to go when trying to maintain order in an a school. It is the students right to excercise whatever opinion they have as long as it is school boundaries. There can most definitely be consequences but physical discipline violates many human rights. Suspension, detention or missed grades are fine punishments, not physical discipline. Overall, a student and the teacher should both realize their boundaries as to not cause any such confrontations.

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  • Yide from Pennsylvania

    The students should not leave the school without school authority’s permission, and this does not matter how great is the thing that they are about to do. And they certainly have the right to discuss with the school about it and do it in other time.Ironically, this protest of school security is actually undermining school security. If anyone can just walk out of the school without any consequence or without anyone notice, then similar tragedy more likely to happen again. The safety of a school ultimately is relied on its students.

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  • Amia from Arkansas

    Going to school we should know that we are safe and us as students stood up to say no more to gun violence in schools. None of the political leader want to do anything so we say no more

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  • Katherine from Maryland

    Protesting peacefully does not equate to civil disobedience. Students have the right to exercise their right of free speech, even in the school setting. Most of these “walkouts” have occurred on school campuses. However, should students decide to join a political walkout, they should know what policies are in place for absences in their state, school district, and their school so that they’re aware of the potential consequences. During school hours, students cannot be punished for speaking out unless their speech disrupts the functioning of the school. In my research, in 1969 the Supreme Court of the United States of America recognized in a decision upholding the right of Mary Beth Tinker to wear an armband to school in protest of the Vietnam War. This ruling showed that students do not lose their constitutional rights while in a school setting. I think students in schools should be supported in their efforts to voice their concerns and be involved in political issues that affect their everyday lives. Their efforts should be lauded as they are the future leaders of our country.

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  • John-Paul from Michigan

    Students by participating in acts of civil disobedience are expressing their rights to free speech protected by the first amendment. According to the supreme court case Tinker v. Des Moines “the First Amendment continues to protect the right of students to express controversial views that are not disruptive but may disagree with official school policy”. In one case in a local school near me students were being suspended not for walking out, but for expressing political opinions while walking out. As ruled by the supreme court the constitution does not end at the school door and as such students should not be punished for participating in such acts.

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  • Emma from Pennsylvania

    Students be not be disciplined for participating in acts of Civil Disobedience. Everyone has freedom of speech, no matter age. They should be allowed to voice their opinions because they are the future.

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  • Breanna from New Jersey

    America is all about change and and progress. Women protested for their vote, African Americans protested for their rights, and students should protest for their safety. That’s what this country is about. We have freedom of peaceful protest.

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    • Luka from Oregon

      Not everyone believes that banning guns will make people safe. Congress is currently forming a bill that would ban all semi-automatic guns, but that’s not going to do what they think it will. If the police go door to door collecting guns, they’re going to find themselves at gunpoint being told to remove themselves from private property. It’ll spark a civil war.

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  • Jayna from California

    No, students should not be disciplined for standing up for what they believe in. If the school doesn’t want you to speak up for those that are hurting, how else will they do if they say it will not happen again? It only reinforces that gun violence is in fact okay when it isn’t. Do not let anyone tell you not to speak up. Speak out for the victims of school shootings.

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  • Dragon from Texas

    Civil Disobedience serves as a form of free speech and is a stepping stone to progressing society as a whole. With examples across multiple cultures worldwide such as: Gandhi’s resistance against British strategic oppression, the Asian culture of using stoicism in the face of danger to usher a message for change and many examples in the Civil Rights Movement that counteract the argument of “disciplining” civil disobedience. To discipline or silence civil disobedience is the same as agreeing to shutting out an individual’s right to the freedom of speech.

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  • Amberlina from Illinois

    No, I do not believe students should be punished for participating in acts of ¨civil disobedience¨. We as individuals under the constitution are entitled to our own opinions and are able to act out on them. If we (as students) believe that peacefully stepping out of a classroom for 17 minutes will make a difference to keep OUR schools safer then I think students have a right to participate. I don’t think that the students should be persuaded either way. I think that if the students walk out for themselves and their own safety that they should NOT be disciplined for standing up for themselves and their school. As students were are scared, because of all the violence, and we are tired or sitting in a corner. We are making a stand.

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  • makkie from Georgia

    Students just like any other have the right to free speech. They were trying to get the governments attention and this happened to be the best way to do it. If they are punished for this it certainly means that we do not want to put a halt to school shootings and that scares me!

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