As part of advocacy to reduce the frequency of shootings in schools, students and others in the Metro Atlanta area and nationwide are organizing a school walkout on March 14, 2018. In the face of such plans, a school district in Texas announced a three day suspension for any students who walk out. Walkout organizers say students have a right to freedom of speech.
Free speech rights in schools are complicated. An advocacy march by members of the public is generally protected by the First Amendment. Whether school-related speech is protected depends on the disruptiveness of the speech.