WENY News - Local Superintendent Weighs in on National Walk-Out

Local Superintendent Weighs in on National Walk-Out

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HORSEHEADS, N.Y. (WENY) -- It's been almost a month since a gunman opened fire on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. And on Wednesday, millions of students are expected to walk out of school as a call to action for stricter gun laws. 

The national event will happen at 10 am and last seventeen minutes--one minute for each of the victims killed in Parkland, Florida. 

"It's something that's always on the minds of administration, faculty and staff, and school communities in this day in age," says Thomas Douglas, Superintendent of Horseheads Central School District.

Local districts are reacting differently to the walk-out.

Corning Painted-Post says they're aware students are planning to walk out of class to coincide with the national event. 

Horseheads students have instead chosen to hold a memorial. According to a student-run Twitter account, that decision was made to avoid punishment. 

"I'm very proud of our students leaders that have worked to come up with an educational opportunity that works to educate students on their right to have a voice and understand that this should never happen in a school," says Douglas.

The district says this allows students to both voice their concerns, while also memorializing the victims.

And across the country, students are hoping for change as the debate on gun control continues in Washington. 

"The concern is now that it's starting to more and more hit home," says Douglas. "I've heard it more and more even before this from students, as well as parents."

WENY News will have coverage throughout Wednesday before, during and after the National Walk-Out. Stick with us on-air and online to see how it affects district, students and our local community.

Below is a statement from the Horseheads Central School District concerning the decision not to support the walk-out. 

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