Local students participated in a nationwide exercise Wednesday to commemorate the one month anniversary of the shootings at Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County Florida. The exercises at each high school were managed by the school administrations and students were directed to go to an area. At Nandua, students gathered on the baseball field. It was reported that there were no participants at Northampton or Broadwater.

The coordinated walkouts were loosely organized by Empower, the youth wing of the Women’s March, which brought thousands to Washington, D.C., last year. The group urged students to leave class at 10 a.m. local time for 17 minutes — one minute for each victim in the Florida shooting — and suggested demands for lawmakers, including an assault weapons ban and mandatory background checks for all gun sales.

Meanwhile, Accomack County School Superintendent Chris Holland, commenting at Tuesday night’s Accomack County Board of Supervisors meeting, said that the school system is developing plans to work closely with local law enforcement agencies to better protect our schools. Holland said that the schools will be open to local law enforcement to visit and become familiar with the insides of the buildings. This would enable them to better respond in the event there was an emergency at any of the schools.


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