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‘We need to do something about it:’ hundreds of students expected to walk out in support of abortion rights

A student march and rally is planned for Wednesday
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Published: May. 17, 2022 at 11:41 AM MST|Updated: May. 17, 2022 at 4:45 PM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Several school districts are warning about a possible student walkout planned for Wednesday, May 18.

In a letter to parents, Tucson Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Gabriel Trujillo said some students are planning to walk out to attend a women’s rights rally at the University of Arizona.

That rally is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Highland Squad, which is near East 6th Street and North Highland Avenue.

“The information promoting the event states that students are planning to walk out of school and march/drive to the University of Arizona where the event will be taking place,” Trujillo wrote.

Trujillo asked parents to encourage their students to remain in class during the event.

“When students leave campus, without authorization, before the end of the school day, our ability to keep your kids safe is significantly compromised,” Trujillo wrote.

TUSD said the rally is not a district-sponsored event.

Amphi Public School also sent out a warning to families.

“This walkout conflicts with our final exam schedule,” the district said. “We want to be sure that you and your students understand that students who have unexcused absences will not be able to make up their exams because our school year finishes on Thursday.”

Trujillo said TUSD students who leave will not be allowed back on campus for the day and they will be charged with an unexcused absence with “no opportunity to make up work.”

Trujillo said while district employees will not prevent students from leaving, they will “verbally direct them to return to class and proceed to inform them of the consequences of leaving campus without authorization.”

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