Needville ISD threatens to suspend protesting students who disrupt class

Students who stage walkout risk 3-day suspension in Texas school district

Needville ISD Superintendent Curtis Rhodes issued the threat on Tuesday in a letter sent to families of students in the district and posted on Needville High School's Facebook page.

"While this is a wonderful opportunity to talk with students about the movement and the long history of such events within the United States of America, our focus is on educating all students and, as a Pre K-8 school district, many of our students may not fully understand this event", read a February 21 letter from Co-Interim Superintendents Jane Westerhold and Ed Rafferty to parents and community members in North Shore School District 112.

However, North Shore School District 112 said it would excuse absences should parents allow their students to participate in the walkout and notify the school in advance.

"Life is all about choices and every choice has a effect whether it be positive or negative", Rhodes said Tuesday, according to the Houston Chronicle. "It also states that there is a "'movement' attempting to stage walkouts/disruptions of the school", and cautions that if students in the Needville school district, located 40 miles southwest of Houston, participate in protests they'll receive a three-day suspension.

"The Needville ISD is very sensitive to violence in schools including the recent incident in Florida", he said. "We will discipline no matter it is one, 50 or 500 students". "All will be suspended for 3 days and parent notes will not alleviate the discipline".

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Students calling for stricter gun laws have organized protests and walkouts across the country after a 19-year-old gunman fatally shot 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida, on Valentine's Day.

Students have been walking out of classrooms across the country since the Florida school shooting - and Friday- students at many local schools in Central Texas are joining the effort.

"The Constitution protects students when they speak or express political or social views in school, so long as their speech is not disruptive", the civil rights group wrote.

A disruption of the school will not be tolerated, he reiterated.

Students in Florida are now working on the "March for our Lives" which is scheduled for March 24 in Washington, D.C. There's also a "National School Walkout" being planned by some organizers affiliated with Women's March organizers scheduled for March 14.

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