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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Thousands of Virginia students are expected to hold a rally at the State Capitol as part of a nationwide protest against school violence on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre.

The National School Walkout has been organized in response to the Feb. 14 mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 students and faculty members dead.

Students across the country are planning to leave their schools at 10 a.m. Friday.

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Schools are gearing up for a planned student walkout tomorrow on the one month anniversary of the Florida high school shooting that left 17 people dead.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Wicomico County Board of Education said it is working with the Student Government Association presidents at each high school to prepare for the day to honor those who lost their lives.

Meanwhile, in Somerset County the Superintendent John Gaddis issued an email that said was finalizing it plans for the walkout.

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BEL AIR, Md. (AP) - Citing safety concerns, a Maryland school system has explicitly banned students form walking out of school next week as part of a nationwide protest against gun violence.

The Baltimore Sun reports Harford County Public Schools Superintendent Barbara Canavan distributed a letter Thursday saying students will be presented a "learning module" through which they can express opinions, followed by a moment of silence, instead of walking out March 14. Students who walk out may be disciplined.

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On March 14 many students across the nation will stage a walkout at 10 a.m. on the one month anniversary of the Florida high school shooting that left 17 dead. In Delaware a number of students have been coordinating those efforts in the First State. At John Dickinson High School Sofia Rose who is a senior and editor in chief of the school newspaper is involved in the organizing. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with her about what motivated to take action and what she hopes to accomplish.

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SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) - Hundreds of high school students left campus and took to the streets to declare their opposition to President-elect Donald Trump.

Montgomery County Public Schools spokeswoman Gboyinde Onijala says Montgomery Blair High School officials expected a protest in the football stadium Monday morning and about 800 students attended. Most returned to class, but she says some left the Silver Spring campus.

Onijala says the group joined students from nearby Northwood High School. She estimates that there were 200 to 300 in the group.

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ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) - Students at a Maryland high school staged a walkout and protested a video depicting a student calling African-Americans inferior.

Multiple news outlets report dozens of students at Mount Hebron High School in Ellicott City walked out of their classes Tuesday morning in response to the 30-second video which surfaced online last week.

The video depicts a white Mount Hebron High School student disparaging the Black Lives Matter movement and calling African-Americans an inferior race.