Students at several schools along North Carolina’s coast are planning to join thousands of others Wednesday morning in a national protest against gun violence.
Students enrolled in at least nine schools from the northern Outer Banks down to Southport plan to leave their classrooms for 17 minutes Wednesday morning, as part of the National School Walkout.
The Women’s March Youth EMPOWER movement is behind the nationwide demonstration, which aims to serve as a call to action for legislators to pass tighter gun control laws.
Most schools in Eastern North Carolina have not organized an official walkout demonstration, but some plan to allow students to participate if they choose.
For instance, no official protests are planned in Onslow County, but district leaders there say they’ve designated areas on school campuses for students to take part in the walkout.
Here's a list of Coastal North Carolina schools that have organized walkouts through Action Network's website :
- J.P. Knapp Early College High School, Currituck, NC
- First Flight High School, Kill Devil Hills, NC
- Ocracoke School, Ocracoke, NC
- Topsail High School, Hampstead, NC
- E.A. Laney High School, Wilmington, NC
- New Hanover High School, Wilmington, NC
- John T. Hoggard High School, Wilmington, NC
- South Brunswick High School, Southport, NC
- Brunswick Early College High, Bolivia, NC