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Billings school officials set guidelines for March 14 walkout

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BILLINGS - School District 2 has released more information on how officials plan to handle a student walkout planned for next week.

The walkout is set for 10 a.m. on March 14. The district is planning on participation at all three high schools, and some students from the middle schools.

Superintendent Terry Bouck said the district’s top priority is the safety of students. While the district and its staff are not to take a stance on the issue, Bouck said it is important to protect the students rights to free speech.

The walkout is part of a movement taking place across the country calling for safer schools. The event marks the one-month anniversary of the Parkland, Fla., shooting that left 17 dead. The walkout is expected to last 17 minutes, one minute for each of the lives lost.

Bouck said students will be instructed to go to a specific area, where they will be supervised for the duration of the event. Some retired administrators have volunteered to come and help the district supervise. Students will be informed that they are not to leave school grounds.

Teachers are expected to remain in their classrooms and conduct class for the students who are not participating and attendance will be taken before and after the walkout.

Bouck said no visitors will be allowed on school grounds during the walkout, including parents or members of the public wishing to participate.

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