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Greenville County Schools will not support national Walk-Out Wednesday

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Greenville County Schools will not support national Walk-Out Wednesday. (FOX Carolina/ March 13, 2018) Greenville County Schools will not support national Walk-Out Wednesday. (FOX Carolina/ March 13, 2018)

When a teenage gunman shot and killed 17 people at a Parkland, Florida High School, Upstate student Jainada Williams had a range of emotions.

"I was really scared and shocked and then it turned into anger," Williams said.

She and her classmates at Berea High School felt like they needed to do something.

"Whenever we actually thought about doing something, it kind of blew up to this," Williams said.

Those who live in Florida and are connected to the Parkland shooting organized a national walk-out for students. They're calling for a ban on automatic and some semi-automatic guns. They also say they want better background checks.

"We could only imagine what they're going through now," Williams said.

So, Jainada, Haleigh, Mia, and Joana thought about creating a banner of well wishes to send to the school. They will also participate in a sit-in on Wednesday.

"We're going to all go to the hallway and sit silently for 17 minutes," Williams said.

A silent sit-in that honors the 17 people killed. Students chose to fill hallways because it's where investigators found most of the Parkland victims.

"All of our middle schools and high schools have met with our student leaders and have come up with at least 4 to 5 alternatives," Beth Brotherton said.

She's a spokesperson for the Greenville County School District.

"Greenville County Schools is not supporting a National Walk-Out movement partly because it has become very politicized," Brotherton said.

She says the walk-out is also a safety issue because it would be difficult to monitor the safety of students if they left buildings or campuses.

"We would never want our students to be targets," Brotherton said.

The walk-out is voluntary, but there could be consequences like, if a student returns to class late.

"That would be considered a warning for cutting class," Brotherton said.

There could also be consequences if students don't go back to school at all.

"Then we start to look at unexcused absences," Brotherton said. "It would be our preference that the family be very aware of first of all what's going on and second what they would hope and expect for their own child to do."

Students at Berea High School say their support will be heard, even if they don't make a sound.

"We are the future," Williams said.

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