Marion County high school students plan walkout activities

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Exactly one month after the Parkland, Fla. shooting, students around the nation will let their voices be heard by participating in the ENOUGH National School Walkout.

The walkout is planned for March 14, and asks students to walk out of their school buildings at 10 a.m. for 17 minutes, one for each Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School victim.

However, local students have made their own plans to participate in the walkout.

Marion County High School student body leaders met with the district and school leaders to plan their own program, keeping security threats in mind.

Students at Creek Bridge High School will gather in the gym for a 17 minute protest/walk where their student government will give a short speech to honor the Parkland shooting victims.

At Mullins High School, 17 student council members will light a candle and walk a lap around the gym to honor the victims. Students will also participate in a moment of silence for 17 seconds and then sing together the song, "Lean on Me."

Marion High School's program, "Why Walk Out When You Can Step Up," will begin with a purpose set by their student body president, then go on to host several speakers. Sheriff Brian Wallace will address how the community can "step up," and the school's Principal Daris Gore will speak to how the school can "step up." Then, 17 student representatives will talk about how students can "step up."

They will conclude with a moment of silence and a slideshow to honor the victims.

The students created their own social media hashtags for the event: #OUTFOXTHEFEAR and #NOFEARINTHESWAMP.

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