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Fox Chapel Area students join National Walkout to protest gun violence

Tawnya Panizzi
| Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 2:12 p.m.
Fox Chapel Area High School
Jan Pakler | For the Tribune Review
Fox Chapel Area High School

Fox Chapel Area students will join the National School Walkout on Wednesday to protest gun violence and honor the 17 victims of the mass shooting on Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

The observances will last 17 minutes.

"Although the district is not taking an official stance on this issue, we support our students in exercising their rights to express themselves," Superintendent Gene Freeman said.

Dubbed the ENOUGH National School Walkout , the idea began with the group EMPOWER, a coalition of organizations led by the youth division of the January 2017 Women's March organizers.

North Hills, North Allegheny and Hampton students also will participate.

Details of Wednesday's events at the district were not immediately available but coordinator of communications Bonnie Berzonski said each of the six schools has definitive plans for the walkout and designated areas where the students are permitted to go.

Across the region and nation, some students said they would sing, stand quietly or otherwise find a way to honor the 17 slain Florida students.

The observances are expected to begin at 10 a.m. and be peaceful.

"Safety in our schools is paramount and the participating students will be fully supervised, as well as students not wishing to participate," Freeman said.

"Regardless of their stance, the rights of all students will be respected."

District students who participate in the National School Walkout will not face disciplinary action, he said.

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for the Tribune-Review. Reach her at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, or @tawnyatrib.

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