More student walkouts in Austin, Round Rock call for stricter gun laws


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Students in Akins High School and Hopewell Middle School in Round Rock staged new walkouts Monday.

The student walkouts were the latest in a series of demonstrations that started last week.

The walkouts are in support of the victims of the Parkland, Flo. shooting and stricted gun control laws.

After several walkouts at Central Texas schools last week, students in Austin and Round Rock staged more demonstrations Monday in support of the victims of the Florida school shooting and calling for stricter gun control policies.

Students at Akins High School in Austin walked out of school about 1:45 p.m. and protested for several hours.

Officials with the Austin school district said the students would not be disciplined as long as they followed the district’s code of conduct.

Students at Hopewell Middle School in Round Rock also participated in a walkout Monday. Their walkout was to honor the 17 people killed in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14, officials said.

The Round Rock students walked out of class at 10:02 a.m., according to a letter the Hopewell administrators sent to parents.

It was unclear how many students participated in the walkouts.

Monday was the third day of student walkouts in Central Texas. About 1,500 students in at least five middle schools and high schools in Austin walked out of classes Friday in support of stricter gun control legislation. On Wednesday, about 500 students across Central Texas held similar walkouts from the Austin, Leander and Georgetown districts.



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