South Carolina’s largest school district cites about 500 for walkout


Students across the nation walked out of their classrooms to show solidarity for the 17 killed in the February 14 attack and to make a nationwide appeal for changes in gun laws. (Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images)

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina’s largest school district says it’s going to reprimand several hundred students who participated in a national walkout to protest gun violence at schools.

Greenville County Schools spokeswoman Beth Brotherton said Wednesday that students who participated in the walkout will be cited for cutting class. She said that school records show that about 530 students participated at about a dozen high schools.

The high schools with the most participation were J.L. Mann Academy in Greenville, with about 200 students walking out; and Maudlin High School with about 180.

Overall, the district has about 77,000 students. District officials had said before the walkout that they were discouraging students from participating and didn’t plan to allow media to cover the activity.

Around the country, school administrators have taken varying stances toward the walkouts that were launched in the aftermath of a deadly rampage at a Florida high school that killed 17 people.

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