We reported to you earlier Wednesday on our Facebook that parents had contacted us about their child being denied the right to exercise their First Amendment Right.
Students at Swansboro High School say they were blocked from trying to peaceably assemble and honor the 17 lives killed in Parkland, Fl. last month.
A student who declined to have her name in the article told News In Onslow, that the school asked all students to be silent for 17 seconds to honor the students and staff who lost their lives in the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.
After the 17 seconds of silence, they had a pep rally that included: Tug of War, Hula Hoop, and other games but students felt that what happened in Florida could happen in Jacksonville if laws on guns are not changed.
“Many of us wanted to participate but we were silenced. We couldn’t express our concerns and our school was very disrespectful to the victims and families of this tragedy,” the student said.
Students at Swansboro High School said they were “threatened” to be suspended and face disciplinary actions if they chose to participate in the walkouts. To prevent that, students said they decided to walk away after teachers and the school’s SRO blocked the exits.