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Maryland school district holds firm, banning student walkout protests despite ACLU lawsuit threats

Maryland school district holds firm, banning student walkout protests despite ACLU lawsuit threats

Despite threats of legal action from the American Civil Liberties Union, a Maryland school district is holding firm to a policy that no students will be allowed to participate Wednesday in the National School Walkout, The Baltimore Sun reports.

Harford County Superintendent Barbara Canavan sent a letter to students and parents last week saying that no students would be allowed to participate in the 17-minute walkout Wednesday to protest for gun control and to remember the 17 victims of the Parkland, Florida, massacre.

The ACLU of Maryland wrote to the school district, threatening legal action and expressing concern about a potential First Amendment violation.

“We are deeply concerned that the letter’s tone and content have created the impression that Harford County Public Schools is unlawfully forbidding students from participating in the walkouts and suggesting that students who participate may be punished more severely for leaving class than would be the case for any other excused absence,” the ACLU wrote.

The National School Walkout is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. in every time zone.

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