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Local students, schools to participate in national walkout

One month after a gunman opened fire in a Florida high school, students across the country will be walking out of class for 17 minutes to pay tribute to the 17 victims who lost their lives.

Since then, lawmakers have pushed for stronger gun control laws while others have pushed back on that saying there's no need.

Across the country, students have mobilized trying to take matters into their own hands, including planning a national walkout.

There are different activities planned at different schools in our area Wednesday.

Districts including Reading, East Penn, Southern Lehigh, Parkland and Bethlehem are welcoming the call to action and want it to be an educational experience for students.

"As long as they come out, participate and return to class, nothing. If you cut across the street to Dunkin Donuts, you might have a problem," said Bethlehem superintendent Dr. Joseph Roy.

Students at Parkland will walk out of class and into the gym where they will honor the 17 lives, hold a moment of silence, listen to speakers, and learn about ways to how to take greater action.

Not all school districts will allow these walkouts.

The Allentown School District superintendent sent a letter to students' families saying "students will be marked tardy or absent, per the district attendance policy if they choose to leave the school building without approval."

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