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Central Ohio districts reacting differently to planned walkouts Wednesday

Central Ohio school districts are reacting in different ways to planned student walkouts on Wednesday. Some schools have organized events, others say students will face consequences for leaving class in the morning. (WSYX/WTTE)

Central Ohio school districts are reacting in different ways to planned student walkouts on Wednesday. Some schools have organized events, others say students will face consequences for leaving class in the morning.

The walkouts are a national reaction to the shootings at a school in Parkland, Florida, last month in which 17 people were shot and killed. In New Albany, Loren Klein, a senior, will address the school board tonight and then plans to be part of the walkout on Wednesday. School leaders would prefer students not walkout in the morning, but instead, take part in activities the school has planned for the afternoon.

But Klein said she's frustrated her generation and younger kids behind her have had to deal with this issue their entire school careers.

"What do you tell those kids," she asked. "That they should be afraid to go to school? Or we have to do a lockdown drill every week because unfortunately its happening way too often."

New Albany said students who walk out in the morning will be counted as absent without an excuse.

In another district, students insisted they face some kind of punishment. Bexley Middle School students will face a detention if they walkout, which they plan to do.

"They wanted to have some sort of a consequence or they said, it really wasn't part of being civilly disobedient," said their principal, Jason Caudill.

Those detentions will be served on the honor system and students will spend the time in detention writing their lawmakers. The detentions won't go on their permanent record, the district said.

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