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Seton Hill endorses national student walkout

| Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 12:24 p.m.
Demonstrators hold signs during a protest in favor of gun control reform in front of the White House, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, in Washington.
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Demonstrators hold signs during a protest in favor of gun control reform in front of the White House, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, in Washington.

Seton Hill University will participate in Wednesday's national student walkout, university officials said Tuesday.

High school and college students across the country are expected to join the 17-minute walkout at 10 a.m. Wednesday to protest for stronger gun laws and memorialize the lives of the 17 students and faculty members who died on Feb. 14, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., when Nicholas Cruz opened fire in the school with a semi-automatic rifle.

While many students are expected to participate in the walkout and most colleges have agreed to take no disciplinary action against high school students who participate in a peaceful walkout, Seton Hill is among a handful of colleges that have endorsed the event .

The Greensburg university will host a series of events on March 14 to mark the national walkout.

“Seton Hill University's mission as a Catholic, Setonian university fosters civil discourse and supports peaceful protest on issues that promote the sanctity of human life and the dignity of every person,” said Seton Hill President Mary C. Finger. “These events support Seton Hill's efforts as a liberal arts institution to educate students to think critically, creatively and ethically and engage in meaningful dialogue to develop solutions to complex problems.”

Among the events scheduled to mark the project are:

• A prayer at 10 a.m. on the lawn of the administration building and a walk to Sullivan Lawn.

• A letter-writing meeting from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Lowe Dining Hall, where the community will gather to write letters to lawmakers urging action on issues surrounding school violence and mass shootings.

• An opportunity to sign a banner from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Maura Solarium. The banner will be sent to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

• An 8:30 p.m. panel discussion on mass shootings in the Rose O'Brien Center for Campus Ministry

Debra Erdley is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-320-7996 or or via Twitter @deberdley_trib

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