BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Wednesday will mark one month since the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.
Many students across the country and here in western New York plan to walk out of school.
Students will leave their classes around 10 am and stand outside for 17 minutes to honor the 17 people killed in the Florida high school tragedy.
We’re expecting scenes like the one in the video below to play out across the U.S. on Wednesday.
Here in western New York, we’re told walkouts are planned in Buffalo, Batavia, Niagara Falls, Hamburg and Clarence.
The Clarence schools released guidelines for students to follow when they leave class just before 10 a.m.
Several police agencies told News 4 they will be out in full force to monitor the walkouts and to keep everyone safe.
“We’re going to have a police presence at almost all the schools that are participating. We have every police district in the city, all the chiefs have a plan individually for the high schools in their district,” said Capt. Jeff Rinaldo with the Buffalo Police Department.
“In the unlikely event that there’s any kind of issues we will have a presence and we will have a tactical plan,” said Capt. Kevin Trask, Town of Hamburg Police Department.
Organizers are asking people not affiliated with a school to stay clear of the walkouts. Those interested in standing in solidarity with students should wear orange or walk out of work for 17 minutes.