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Lakeland Students Expected to Participate in National Walkout Protest

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SHRUB OAK,  N.Y. - Some Lakeland High School students are expected to participate in a gun control-related National School Walkout at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 14.

James VanDeVelde, communications director for the Lakeland School District, said students who wish to take part will gather outside the school for 17 minutes. The length of the protest reflects the number of people killed last month at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

“Student speakers are expected to honor those who died at Parkland High School as well as at other schools throughout the country.,” VanDeVelde wrote in an email.

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After the protests, students are expected to return to their classrooms. Students who do not participate in the walkout will continue with their regular school activities. Additional security will be provided during the protest.

During the protest, VanDeVelde said, the Lakeland High School campus will be closed to visitors, including media. Only parents who have prior permission will be allowed on campus.

Yorktown students have planned a 10 a.m. assembly as an alternative to the walkout.

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