Cartersville and Bartow County school systems have found alternative ways to participate in today's National School Walkout, sponsored by Women's March Youth Empower.
The event calls for students, teachers, school administrators and parents to walk out of their schools for 17 minutes this morning to "protest Congress’ inaction to do more than tweet thoughts and prayers in response to the gun violence plaguing our schools and neighborhoods," the event website said.
Instead of a walkout, Cartersville High will honor the victims of the Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, by observing 17 seconds of silence and filling its courtyard with 17 desks in memory of the victims, according to Principal Marc Feuerbach.
Students also will be able to write notes to the victims' families and letters to state legislators.
Bartow County schools will have student-led programs over the intercom, followed by 17 seconds of silence in memory of the shooting victims.