How Central New York schools are handling Wednesday's Walkout

SYRACUSE (WSYR-TV) - On Wednesday, students across the nation, including in Central New York, are planning to walk out of their schools in protest, either to advocate for stricter gun law or remember the lives lost in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Wednesday, March 14 marks the one month anniversary of the mass shooting.

In Central New York, school superintendents have to balance allowing students to be civically engaged and the safety risk in having a large group of students outside the school at a publicized time.

Many districts are working with their students to develop alternatives to the Walkout.

At Fayetteville-Manlius High School, two seniors told NewsChannel 9 that the alternatives proposed to them weren't enough, and are planning to continue the walkout as initially designed.

A parent from Cicero-North Syracuse High School forwarded NewsChannel 9 an email from the principal that lays out a week-long series of special days that remember the lives lost, but also celebrate relationships with friends and classmates.

Superintendents met earlier this week to discuss how to handle the Walkout and develop a unified response to questions about their plans.

"In response to your inquiry, activities have been planned internally by our staff and students; however, as a fellow community member, I am sure you can understand that due to the potential concerns for the safety and protection of our school community, I cannot divulge additional information. It is important that all of us work together in order to keep our staff and students safe. Thank you for your cooperation." 

Some districts, like Liverpool and Cazenovia, are closed for a Superintendent's Conference Day.

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