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CCS Won't Punish Students Who Participate In National Gun Violence Protest


Students from four Columbus City high schools and one elementary school are among those planning to take part in the National School Walkout March 14th, in honor of the 17 people killed at a high school in Parkland, Florida.  

While some districts have threatened to punish students who leave class, chief academic officer Alesia Gillison says if Columbus students want to walk out, staff will walk out with them.

Gillison says the district is setting aside academics for the day, in favor of letting students address their concerns about safety and violence.


A native of Chicago, naturalized citizen of Cincinnati and resident of Columbus, Alison attended Earlham College and the Ohio State University. She has equal passion for Midwest history, hockey and Slavic poetry.
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