Plans are slowly coming together at school districts across the state and nation for student-led walkouts and sit-ins next week. The planning follows a call by students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for mass student walkouts across the country as a way to protest lax gun laws and inadequate school safety following the February 14th murder of 17 people by a gunman at the Parkland, Florida school. In preparation for possible walkouts or sit-ins, school administrators have been meeting with staff and, in some cases, students to talk about how absences, security and school involvement will be handled. The Women’s March Wisconsin has been offering assistance to students in the form of organizing materials. On the national level, the walkouts are organized by Women’s March Youth EMPOWER, which is calling on students, teachers, parents and staff to walk out of schools at 10 a.m. Wednesday March 14th for 17 minutes of silence, one minute for each of the Parkland shooting victims. Students also discussed setting up 17 empty desks or chairs to represent those killed in Florida.