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Students Walk During National Gun Violence Protest Despite Punishment Threat

South Gate High principal backs off prom ban after ACLU steps in.

KNX Midday News with Chris Sedens
April 20, 2018 - 11:23 am
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SOUTH GATE (KNX1070) - Students around the country have been walking out of class Friday to protest gun violence and honor shooting victims. The protest comes on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting.  

In South Gate,  hundreds of kids walked out to express their views on the need for additional gun laws and headed for South Gate City Hall despite an early warning to not partake. KNX1070's Pete Demetriou explains: 

Students at South Gate High School had been warned not to join Friday's national walkout. The principal said those who do won't be allowed to go to the prom.  That didn't sit well with the ACLU, which fired-off a letter to the principal telling him to stop threatening students. The principal has now backed off the threat.

Student walk-outs were also impacting traffic in Downtown L.A. as they were heading to City Hall.