Schools around the nation are preparing for tomorrow’s National School Walkout, including metro Atlanta.

Organizers around the country have planned the 17-minute protest for March 14 at 10 a.m, exactly one month after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. took the lives of 17 students and faculty.

Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria Carstarphen said that the district will support students that participate in the walkout, but any student who take part in non-sanctioned demonstrations will be punished.

Similarly, City Schools of Decatur Superintendent David Dude also sent a message of support to students, but warned them to remain “non-disruptive” or face possible suspension.

DeKalb and Fulton County Schools have also said they will allow students to participate as long as there is no disruption.

On Tuesday, Atlanta City Councilmembers Michael Julian Bond and Marci Collier Overstreet encouraged students and residents to participate in the walkout.

“We need to provide a safe environment for our children to learn, grow and flourish. I encourage all of Atlanta to show its support for this national walkout and its greater purpose-sensible federal gun reform legislation that will reduce school shootings and save countless lives,” Bond said.

“Students have asked for our support as they call for legislation to help create safe school environments,” Overstreet said. “Their demands aren’t just reasonable, they’re necessary. Wednesday’s walkout is just one of several events and actions that we will support in our fight for school safety and responsible gun laws.”

Walkout participants are encouraged to wear orange, the color of the movement, on Wednesday and use the hashtag #ENOUGH on social media.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.