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Schools Solidify Responses to Anti-Gun Violence Walkouts

School administrators in the Tri-States have solidified their policies ahead of anticipated student protests over recent gun violence. On Wednesday morning, students from across the country are expected to leave their classes as a form of protest. When we asked several local school districts about their response to the potential walkouts last month, many were still in discussions. Dubuque Superintendent Stan Rheingans says students have met with their principals to ensure that the walkout is done in an orderly and respectful manner. The walkouts will treated like any other tardy or absence. That will also be the approach at the Western Dubuque district, which operates high schools in Epworth and Cascade. The district’s high school administrators have told Superintendent Rick Colpitts that students have been active participants in discussions about any potential protests. Colpitts wouldn’t speculate about how many students may participate in a walkout, but noted that about three dozen Western Dubuque students participated in a similar protest last month. Dubuque students who will be leaving class are expected to gather at Washington Park at 10:00 AM. They’ll rally there before going back to class about an hour later. At Wahlert High School, students have organized a prayers service that will be supervised by staff. Archbishop Michael Jackels will also be in attendance.

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