Do you support a teacher walkout in protest of gun violence?
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Do you support a teacher walkout in protest of gun violence?

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In the wake of the Florida school shooting that left 17 people dead, teachers and students are organizing a nationwide walkout in protest of gun violence on April 20—the anniversary of the Columbine school shooting. Teachers maintain they shouldn't have to risk their lives in order to do their jobs and want lawmakers to pass sensible gun control. But others argue teachers shouldn't relinquish their duties as educators just to make a political statement. What do you think?
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In the wake of the Florida shooting that left 17 people dead, teachers and students across the country are planning a nationwide school walkout in protest of gun violence. The walkout is slated for April 20—the anniversary of the Columbine school shooting—though other walkouts are also being planned.

Educational psychologist David C. Berliner argues "it is way past time" that lawmakers do something about gun violence, and educators may hold the key to getting something done.

Almost all of America’s 3 million teachers—nurturers and guardians of our youth—want sensible gun laws. They deserve that. But they have to be ready to exert the power they have by walking out of their schools if they do not get what they want. They have to exert the reputational power that 3 million of our most admired voters have. Neither the NRA nor their legislative puppets will be able stand up to that.

Many are encouraging teachers and students to take a stand and participate in the walkout. If millions of teachers and students across the country leave school together, it will send a powerful message to lawmakers that something has to be done.

But some teachers fail to see how refusing to do their jobs will help anything.

Others believe teachers and students who participate in the walkout should be disciplined.

But some teachers maintain they will walk out even if it gets them in trouble, because the issue of gun violence is that important.

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