21 Berks Co. students suspended for walkout

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21 students suspended for walking out. Tamala Edwards reports during Action News Mornings on March 15, 2018. (WPVI)

Twenty-one students in Berks County were suspended for participating in the national school walkout.

It happened at Brandywine Heights High School in Mertztown Wednesday morning.

The school superintendent had decided students who wanted to participate in the national event could attend a symposium on school safety in the auditorium, but not walk out like thousands of students across the country.

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They were calling for stronger gun safety measures after the school shooting massacre in Parkland Florida.

The 21 students chose to violate that ruling and gathered by the flagpole. All of them were suspended for one day.

At the symposium, school officials shared a new security measure that would scan all visitors' driver's licenses to check for red flags in their backgrounds.

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