Marcha 23, 2018

Colleges say they won't punish applicants for political protests

01 Marcha 2018, 11:57 | Benedicto Grullon

Colleges Assure Prospective Students That Protesting for Gun Control Will Not Affect Their Admission

University admissions offices send message to teens protesting gun violence

Cornell is among many other universities, including Brown, Dartmouth, Yale and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, that have also made statements articulating that acceptances will not be rescinded and applications will not be negatively impacted if a student faces disciplinary action for being involved in a non-violent protest.

In an official statement, Dean of Admissions Kelly Walter wrote that BU supports students who choose to protest in the wake of the February 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

After high schools in Texas and Washington threatened to punish students for joining demonstrations, more than 150 schools across the country-including Yale and MIT-issued statements assuring applicants activism-related discipline would not affect their admissions prospects. The march is set for next month and is organized by students of the Parkland shooting who are calling for tighter gun restrictions. School Principal Johncarlos Miller encourages students to take a stand.

"We're not moving toward suspension or anything like that, but we do want make sure it's safe", she said.

High-school students can join peaceful protests without having to worry about it affecting their chances of getting into Duke, N.C. State, UNC-Chapel Hill and Wake Forest University.

The top official in the admissions office released a statement Friday supporting students who peacefully protest. The movement was created on Twitter with a petition on two days after the Parkland shooting.

Despite the horror that students, staff, and faculty at Stoneman Douglas suffered last week, they have shown remarkable courage and presence of mind to stand up and demand real change.

Duke's chief spokesman, Vice President for Public Affairs and Government Relations Michael Schoenfeld, said Duke in issuing the statement is "not endorsing any particular position" on the controversies of the day, but is standing for "civic engagement and personal responsibility". A lawyer came forward and said he'd defend any student who's expelled or suspended for participating, free of charge.

"We might get called the Tide pod generation and be told all we do is eat Tide pods and make memes, but we're going to make a difference", said Hanna Johnson a senior at Ben Lomond High School. "The second part would be [to] figure out how you can be in solidarity with some other people who have similar thoughts about it". Goldbloom said he did not need convincing, given his own experience as a high school student in the 1970s. A group of 10 Georgetown students is organizing a walkout on that day as part of the national protest.

According to Lane Murdock, The National Student Walkout is a nationwide protest of our leaders' failure to pass laws that protect us from gun violence.

Harvard updated its original statement Monday evening to include explicit mention of peaceful protest.

"This is a very important thing to me and to all of us".

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