Throughout nation, including Washington County, students protest lack of progress in ending gun violence in schools.

Beaverton High School is among the area schools planning on a 17-minute protest this Wednesday. A coordinated walkout is planned across more than 2,500 schools nationally, including several throughout Washington County.

Wednesday, March 14, will mark one month since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., which killed 14 students and three staff members. Many others were wounded in the shooting.

According to the National School Walkout, schools that likely will see some sort of participation include Beaverton, Sunset and Westview high schools; the International School of Beaverton; the School of Science and Technology; Cedar Park, Stoller and West Sylvan middle schools; Bethany, Bonny Slope, Chehalem and Ridgewood elementary schools; Catlin Gabel School; and the Portland Community College Sylvania Campus.

As of Friday afternoon, no schools had signed up from the Tigard-Tualatin or Sherwood school districts.

A spokesperson from the Sherwood School District said yesterday that the district is not expecting a big walkout from Sherwood High students, as students are taking final exams this week. She was not sure whether middle school students would participate, but said that the district has planned safety protocol should that happen.

The Sherwood School District posted on its website about that protocol. Students who choose to leave campus will likely be marked as an unexcused absence.

Women's March Youth Empower is calling on students, teachers, school administrators, parents and allies to take part in a 17-minute walkout in honor of the 17 lives taken.

The 10 a.m. walkout across every time zone on March 14 is meant to protest "Congress' inaction to do more than tweet thoughts and prayers" in response to the gun violence plaguing schools and neighborhoods.

In demanding Congress pass legislation to protect students, they point out that many of those high school students walking out will vote this November and many others will cast their ballots in 2020.

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