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Madison County Schools to hold 'civics instructional activity' in place of walkout

FILE - Madison High School. Officials say Madison County Schools will not "endorse or participate in" a walkout as part of a nation-wide movement among students, sparked by a fatal school shooting in Florida. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

Officials say Madison County Schools will not "endorse or participate in" a walkout as part of a nation-wide movement among students, sparked by a fatal school shooting in Florida.

Instead, Superintendent Dr. Jim Causby said in a release that middle and high-schoolers will be invited to participate in a "civics instructional activity" as a way to honor those who died in Florida and talk about how to make schools safer.

"Through this approach, students and staff will be provided an opportunity to participate in a meaningful learning activity in a safe environment without the need to punish students for disrupting the learning environment," the release said in part.

Schools across the nation are planning to hold walkouts on March 14 in response to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14. The shooting left 17 people dead.

Since then, demonstrations have sprung up on school campuses around the country.

The Greenville School District in South Carolina has also warned students not to walk out of class and has suggested indoor activities. School officials there also said media will not be allowed on campus to cover the National School Walkout.

Content from The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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