Local schools participate in National School Walkout, some students punished

Some local schools participated in the National School Walkout this morning/Victoria De Cardenas (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- Some local schools participated in the National School Walkout this morning.

Students across the country walked out of their classrooms at 10 a.m. to protest gun violence. It lasted for 17 minutes -- a minute for each life lost in the Florida high school shooting on Feb. 14.

WGXA was at Howard High School in Macon, where about 100 students took part in the walkout.

Students stayed inside the atrium for safety reasons.

After the 17-minute protest, the Howard High students returned to class in orderly fashion.

Officials tell WGXA that in addtion to the Howard High students, Central High had 220 students participate in the walkout; Southwest had 50; Rutland High had 65-70; and Northeast had 30-40.

Bibb Co. school officials say all of its students who participated are required to write a letter/essay to legislators explaining why they decided to walk out.

However, Howard High sophomore Nina Strudwick -- who organized her school's walkout -- is being punished by receiving In-School Suspension for one day.

WGXA was also at Wesleyan College in Macon, where its students participated in the National School Walkout. Wesleyan officials said on Tuesday that its suspending all classes from 9:45-10:15 a.m.

Butts County Schools posted on its Facebook page that "something amazing happened" as its students participated in the walk out.

"OUR WONDERFUL STUDENTS AND FACULTY chose to do something much different: They 'Walked With.'" Instead of handling our emotions with protests and violating order, our student leaders worked with their teachers as one family and held assemblies at each school.'

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