West Liberty-Salem High School student Logan Cole said in a Facebook video he won't participate in the Wednesday student walkouts promoted by organizers of the Women's March.
The local events, scattered across both counties and mostly organized by students on social media, are part of a nationwide mass protest by thousands of students who plan to participate by memorializing the 17 victims, along with calling for greater gun safety legislation in some cases.
Cohen said 49,000 students attend her district, along with more than 4,000 teachers.
Meanwhile, free speech advocates geared up for a battle.
"Students are not permitted to leave campus, and behavior that disrupts school operations or threatens the safety and order of our schools will not be tolerated", Carvalho said in a statement.
At Tuscola, Principal Travis Collins said he has worked with various student organizations to provide a forum Wednesday where students can speak out in a peaceful and orderly fashion.
Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie said he's proud of the students' focus and determination to turn their grief into action.
Wednesday's walkout is one of several protests planned for coming weeks.
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After the walkout today, some students in MA say they plan to rally outside the Springfield headquarters of the gun maker Smith & Wesson.
In Parkland, students slowly filed onto the Stoneman Douglas school football field as law enforcement officers looked on. "Because when we started talking about this.in my mind an 11-year-old should be taken aback by 17 people being shot".
"Educators face potential discipline for encouraging students to walk out of school".
UW-Madison students are also planning a rally at Library Mall and will walk up State Street to the Capitol at noon. Lowcountry schools and school districts have varied widely on their response.
The possibility of being suspended "is overwhelming, and I understand that it's scary for a lot of students", said Lian Kleinman, a junior at Pope High.
"For me personally, this is something I believe in, this is something I will go to the ends of the Earth for", Kleinman said.
Other schools sought a middle ground, offering "teach-ins" or group discussions on gun violence and working to keep things safe.
Students at Parkland will walk out of class and into the gym where they will honor the 17 lives, hold a moment of silence, listen to speakers, and learn about ways to how to take greater action.
Students who do not show up for class will be marked as unexcused and parents will be notified.