Area organizers said that rather than risking getting in trouble for leaving school, they are encouraging students who want to participate to get parental permission to take the day off. Classes at Columbine will be canceled just as they have been every April 20 since the 1999 massacre. Though some Columbine students are planning a combined vigil and voter registration rally with students from Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Thursday night.
"We are aware that some students may be planning to participate in a walk out on Friday", New Hanover County Schools spokesperson Valita Quattlebaum said.
In a letter to other high schools in its suburban Denver district earlier last week, current Columbine principal Scott Christy and the principal at the time of the massacre, Frank DeAngelis, suggested students join their tradition rather than participating in a walkout, noting that April "has always been a time to respectfully remember our loss".
"Our principals are always on alert of threats, especially on a day like tomorrow", she said, which has significance tied to the Columbine anniversary and commemoration of the February 14 Parkland shooting.
Across the nation and the state, 2,400 events are planned, including dozens in South Florida, many of them concentrated around the current epicenter of shock and horror wrought by a semi-automatic weapon: Parkland.
"America is the only country in the world where so many people are killed by guns, and yet our leaders do nothing about it".
Thousands of students walked out of public and private schools across the country for 17 minutes, one minute for each of the dead.
This second national school walkout is planned for April 20 because it's the 19th anniversary of the mass shooting at columbine high school.
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He says organizers are also hoping Friday's rally will inspire more young people to get involved in politics.
"All of our principals have plans based on the interests of their students", Wait said, noting that students organized the event and will lead activities ranging from silent observations to speeches and poster contests.
Organized by students, the national walkout has three goals: hold elected officials accountable, generate solutions to gun violence, and to engage students in the political process.
In a statement with ABC, one of Murdock's co-organizers, Grant Yuan, a 17-year-old junior, said that many schools have shown acceptance to the walkout.
The National School Walkout has a list of schools where walkouts are planned.
"I think it's a really important way that we as students can make our voices heard", Auden Yurman, a State High sophomore, said.
However, Flores said students are expected to return to class within a reasonable time and if they don't or if they leave campus, they will receive an unexcused absence and could be subject to further consequences.