Our superintendent just sent us an email about this very thing. I can't say it better than she did, so I'm just going to quote her; "Regardless of position or point of view, I am inspired by hearing our students' voices and their desire to take an active role as citizens. We will not prohibit students from walking out; they have a right to peacefully protest and except for the natural consequences of missing approximately 17 minutes of class, assuming they return to class following the walk out, the District will not issue sanctions."
I have seen a lot of "they're too young" rhetoric around it and that's disappointing. These kids are the ones effected by school shootings. Yes, in many ways they are "too young", too young to confront death, to young to witness such violence, too young to be subjected to the hatred of adults, but not too young to speak-up and not too young to effect change. I was reading the victims statement on what they witnessed at Stoneman Douglas and, as heart wrenching as every single one of them was, the one line that struck me most was the student's name followed by "age 14". 14! These are babies, my goodness, they should be worrying about homework and dances and sports, not being murdered in school -not ever.