Southlake students walk out of school to protest gun violence

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Students at Southlake’s Carroll High School walked out of school Thursday to protest gun violence.

The peaceful protest at 10 a.m. lasted for about 17 minutes in honor of the 17 people who were killed at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida last month.

The students held up signs with photos of the victims and phrases like “Fear has no place in our schools.”

Carroll ISD said while it did not sponsor the event, it worked with the students who were exercising their right to free speech.

“We will not penalize students who participate in this event and return to class after 17 minutes. However, please understand instruction will continue while they are out of the classroom. Classes will not stop for this event and material will not be repeated by CISD teachers,” the district said in a release.

The district said any student who failed to return to class after 17 minutes would be given an unexcused absence.