The Academic Senate voted in support of an April 20 walkout last week and called for strong measure to ensure campus safety in the wake of recent shootings and the 19th anniversary of the Colorado Columbine High School massacre.
This march is a student-led national school walkout across the country as a protest to congressional, state and local failures to take action and to prevent gun violence. It is an all-day walkout Friday at 10 a.m. where students from elementary schools, high schools and colleges nationwide will participate in.
“The Cal Poly Pomona Academic Senate also calls on President Coley and other appropriate administrators to exercise discretion and compassion in accommodating and supporting faculty, administrators, staff, and students who wish to participate in the April 20, 2018, walkouts, teach-ins, and other activities to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre,” stated on the resolution document.
Students have the choice to participate in the march or not.
Students who will participate are asked to wear orange as a symbol to end gun violence and they will begin the walkout with 13 seconds of silence in honor of the 13 people (12 students and one teacher) killed in the Colorado Columbine High School massacre in 1999.
According to Dario Robinson, Chief of Police & Director of Public Safety, there have been 160 active shooters in the past 13 years, but 18 school shootings in 2018 alone.
High school students created the march for simply high school students, but Twitter made it a national march bringing in elementary and college students.
This is the second walkout this year, last one being March 14 where it only lasted 17 minutes in honor of the 17 killed in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Feb. 14.
However, this walkout will be an all-day walkout, which would be from 10 a.m. local time to the end of the school day.
Some school administrators threatened their students with three-day suspension if the students choose to participate in the walkout on school property.
CSU Chancellor White stated on March 1 that high students who participate in the protest peacefully would not be penalized from their admission to any CSU.
“Peaceful participation in demonstrations will have no impact on applicants for admission to California State University campuses. As a university, we encourage the peaceful exchange of diverse viewpoints and are committed to free speech rights,” White said about high school gun safety walkouts.
Students organized the walkout because they want the Congress to ban weapons, require universal background checks before gun purchases and pass gun violence restraining order law that would allow courts to disarm people who display warning signs of violent behavior.
There is at least one walkout in every state and some globally totaling to more than 2,000 walkouts.
The schedule will vary between schools, but it was created to become a protest event where there would be guest speakers, open mics, and voter registrations to increase the number of young voters in the November midterm elections.
Robinson also presented on routine campus safety that gave faulty a couple of ways to identify a shooter using the FBI prone assessment test and warning signs such as personality, threatening behavior and social dynamics.
He also, presented survival tips in case of an emergency, “If you can’t run anymore, hide and make yourself invisible. At the end fight, fight for your life,” Robinson said.
The campus police are working to get emergency calls transferred from cell phones to CPP police quicker and sending and receiving texts in case of emergencies.
The budget committee approved the budget, and now has a deadline for the budget committee to receive their numbers for next year.
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