The principal at Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida where 17 people, mostly students were gunned down and killed on February 14, 2018 in that tragic mass shooting is saying those who participate in a walk out this afternoon will be punished.

The punishment isn't harsh, it's just an unexcused absence but some people are wondering, asking, thinking... "How could they possibly do this?  The kids have been through so much."  So here's what's going on.  According to KIVI TV the kids have planned a walk out for many reasons but the big inspiration behind today's date is that it's the anniversary of the Columbine shootings.  Columbine leaders are supporting lots of different ways to remember and bring awareness to the issues and tragedies that have occurred but none of those are through a walk out.  Instead they've urged students to treat the day as a day of service and do acts of kindness instead of walking out.

All of this has students conflicted and maybe even confused.  Some are walking out and some are not but faculty at Stoneman have made it clear that anyone that leaves campus will suffer minor consequences.