(New Brunswick High School “walk out.” No vehicles were allowed into or out of the campus during the event)
With heavy police presence, thousands of students left the classroom today as part of a national walkout day. Demonstrators across the country and here in New Jersey walked out of their classes at 10 a.m. to honor the 17 people killed at a Parkland, Florida high school exactly one month ago. The students used the event as a way to demand stronger gun safety laws. The walkout lasted 17 minutes, one for each of the victims. However, not all local school districts support this call for action for gun control. In Sayreville, school officials said that anyone who left would face a two-day suspension.
While those demonstrations took place, the House was scheduled to take up a school safety bill. The measure would pay for threat assessments and to train students, teachers, school officials and law enforcement to detect early signs of violence.