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Empowering Students to Stand for Our Rights

A Toolkit for Students, Parents, Teachers, and School Administrators

“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little


temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
—Benjamin Franklin
table of contents

3 ABOUT STAND FOR THE SECOND WALKOUTS


4 HOW TO USE THIS TOOLKIT
5 CHECKLIST FOR ORGANIZING ON MAY 2
9 SAMPLE LETTER TO SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION
9 SAMPLE PRESS RELEASE
10 SAMPLE SOCIAL MEDIA FOR ORGANIZING
11 TOP THREE POINTS TO MAKE
12 HOLD AN ORGANIZING MEETING
13 SAMPLE AGENDA & OTHER ITEMS
13 EXAMPLE OF WHAT TO READ ALOUD AT WALKOUT
13 CALL TO ACTION TO READ ALOUD AT WALKOUT
14 SUGGESTED SIGN MESSAGES
15 FACTS ON SCHOOL SAFETY & THE SECOND AMENDMENT
16 WHAT OUR FOUNDERS SAID ABOUT THE SECOND AMENDMENT
16 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
17 FAQ
18 HOW TO WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR
19 SAMPLE LETTER TO THE EDITOR (SECOND AMENDMENT)
20 SAMPLE LETTER TO THE EDITOR (SCHOOL SAFETY)
21 OP-EDS
24 PRINTABLE ITEMS
25 SAMPLE EVENT FLYER FOR PROMOTING THE EVENT
26 SAMPLE SIGN UP SHEET FOR THE EVENT
27 SAMPLE SIGNS TO HOLD AT WALKOUT EVENT
29 25 THINGS THE GOVERNMENT CANNOT DO
30 KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
33 ABOUT TEA PARTY PATRIOTS ACTION

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About Stand for the Second Walkouts

Standing for the Second and All of Our Rights


On May 2, 2018 students across America are planning to stand for the Second Amendment.

Stand for the Second is a student led, student driven movement organizing walkouts at high schools across America
on May 2, 2018, to stand for the Second Amendment.

Who: Students, parents and legal guardians, teachers and school administrators who want there never again to be
a school shooting and who want to protect our Second Amendment rights while making schools safe.

When: May 2, 2018


Suggested time is 10 am local time.
NOTE: We do not want walkouts to interfere with any schoolwide standardized testing. You may need to adjust
the time for what works best for your school. We want to help make your voices be heard, but we do not want to
negatively impact testing that you and your classmates have spent the entire year preparing to take.

What Is Stand for the Second?


Founded by Will Riley, a high school senior from Carlsbad, New Mexico, Stand for the Second is a movement by
students, for students who recognize the attack on our rights and future. We know that our silence won’t cut it
anymore.

What Stand for the Second Believes


We believe, as did the founders, that a well-armed citizenry is necessary to the security of a free state. We reject the
notion that liberty should be traded for security, for we know we will have neither.

Why We Are Standing


We have not ignored the huge movement of our peers against these fundamental human rights and liberties, but the
American people must know not all of our generation shares in the short-sighted destruction of our Constitution.

Use this How-To Guide to Organize and Stand for the Second and all of Our Rights

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How to Use this toolkit

This toolkit is designed to help you organize a walkout on May 2nd to Stand for the Second. Use the Checklist for
Organizing to plan your event. The rest of the document contains supporting items with more details to help you
organize your walkout.

If you need help, we will be here to help you by email or phone. You can email us at students@teapartypatriots.
org or join any of the conference calls listed below to ask your questions of us directly. You do not have to join the
conference calls. Feel free to join if you want to check in with others around the country, ask questions, get support
from other organizers. (You will receive the dial in number for the conference call via email or text message.)

• Thursday, April 19 at 8 pm eastern time (7:00 cdt, 6:00 mdt, 5:00 pdt)

• Sunday, April 22 at 5 pm eastern time (4:00 cdt, 3:00 mdt, 2:00 pdt)

• Tuesday, April 24 at 8 pm eastern time (7:00 cdt, 6:00 mdt, 5:00 pdt)

• Thursday, April 26 at 8 pm eastern time (7:00 cdt, 6:00 mdt, 5:00 pdt)

• Sunday, April 29 at 5 pm eastern time (4:00 cdt, 3:00 mdt, 2:00 pdt)

• Monday, April 30 at 8 pm eastern time (7:00 cdt, 6:00 mdt, 5:00 pdt)

• Tuesday, May 1 at 8 pm eastern time (7:00 cdt, 6:00 mdt, 5:00 pdt)

• RECAP TO LET US KNOW HOW IT WENT: Wednesday, May 2 at 8 pm eastern time


(7:00 cdt, 6:00 mdt, 5:00 pdt)

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Checklist for Organizing May 2nd
Stand for the Second (and all our rights) Walkout
(Please note: this is a guideline. If you run into issues or have suggestions for how to improve this checklist, let us know so
we can update the guide for other students.)

 Go to StandForTheSecond.com and click “Sign Up to Host a Walkout At Your School”


• Please go to https://www.teapartypatriots.org/school-walkout/ to see if your school is already registered, we
will loop back with you ask you to join the efforts already underway in your school.

• Determine the time for your event. If you state a time and need to update it, we will work with you to get it
updated on the site.

• We are encouraging walkouts at 10 am local time for 16 minutes. PLEASE NOTE: we do not want walkouts to
interfere with any schoolwide standardized testing. You may need to adjust the time for what works best for
your school. We want to help make your voices be heard, but we do not want to negatively impact testing you
and your classmates have spent the entire year preparing to take.

 Ask your parents or legal guardians for assistance


• You may be up against some resistance in your school. It is a very good idea to ask your parents to be ready
to help you. They do not need to attend the walkout. In fact, for safety reasons, we discourage non-students
and non-school personnel from attending your walkout. They can help be advocates for you to school
administration and local school boards if needed. Ask them to be involved early. (Yes, we know you are in high
school and your parents are not the coolest around. Still, we want to make sure you have the support you need
to be successful and believe your parents are an important step in having this support.)

 Notify School Administration of Your Intent to Organize a Walkout


• If you have a teacher who understands our basic Constitutionally-protected rights, ask him or her if he or she
will be a sponsor for the Walkout.

• If not, then reach out to the school administration, counselor, etc. to let them know you intend to organize
a walkout.

• Send a letter to your school administration. This normally will be the principal and assistant principals, but in
your school it may be different. The point is to let them know in writing what you are planning and give them
the opportunity to respond in writing. See the sample email to send to your school administration in this
how-to guide.

• Work with the school to determine the best time for the walkout. They may not want a walkout at all. If they
object to the suggested time (10 am) because of standardized testing, please be mindful and respectful of that.
As stated above: we want to help make your voices be heard, but we do not want to negatively impact testing
that you and your classmates have spent the entire year preparing to take

 Watch this video to see how Florida Rockledge High School students Anna Delaney and Chloe Deaton
organized a school walkout in support of the Second Amendment

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Checklist for Organizing May 2nd
Stand for the Second (and all our rights) Walkout
 Begin promoting the event at your school through social media, posters, and flyers
• See the sample social media included in this how to guide.
• Promote on social media with hashtags that include your school’s hashtag (if you have one you normally
use for your school) and #2A and tag #StandSecond.
• Print the flyers and hand them out.
• Print the posters (or make your own) and post them around school.
• Print the posters (or make your own) and post them around school.

 Ask those attending to RSVP for the event using a link Tea Party Patriots Action Fund will send you
• After registering your walkout on StandfortheSecond.com, the organizer of the walkout will receive an email
confirming the event has been added to our map - https://www.teapartypatriots.org/school-walkout/.
• In the email, the organizer will receive a link to the event that you can use to email people you’d like to invite.
• When someone RSVP’s to the event, the organizer will receive their contact information (Name, Email, and
Phone Number) by email.
• Tea Party Patriots Action will also create and email a text code for the event you are organizing. The organizer
may use that on posters for people to sign up to receive more information about your event and to sign up at
your event. Tea Party Patriots will provide lists of everyone that has texted using the unique code to the organizer.
You can use this list of phone numbers to create group text messages to alert attendees of key information.

 Ask fellow students for help organizing, and plan an organizing meeting
• Use the Hold an Organizing Meeting sheet in this how to guide to plan your event.
• The walkout is to be 16 minutes long, which will go by fairly quickly.
• We have included a Sample Agenda in this how-to guide. Select the things you want to do and skip the things
you do not want to do.
• Watch the video from Rockledge High School in Florida to see how other students organized their walkout.
• If you do not want to plan a large walkout, you can simply hold signs, take a few photos and post them to
social media. You may be in a very small group at your school. If that happens, know that over 200 other
schools (so far) are already signed up to do events and are with you in spirit.
• A simple agenda would include singing the National Anthem and read the list of 25 things the Bill of Rights
Says the Government Cannot Do, which is included in this how to guide.
• Be sure to pass around a sign-up form at the organzing meeting so you can keep in touch before the walkout.
• Tea Party Patriots Action will send the event organizer a code to have people text that is unique to your event.
After the event Tea Party Patriots will get those numbers to you so you can create a group text to
communicate after the walkout.

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Checklist for Organizing May 2nd
Stand for the Second (and all our rights) Walkout
 Read and be familiar with the talking points in this guide
• It is important to talk about our rights in a way that wins hearts and minds to our cause.

• Working with The Heritage Foundation and with students across the country, we have developed talking
points and information to help you talk about and answer questions about the Second Amendment.

• Feel free to put the talking points in your own words. Consider how they are worded as you do so that you
can win more minds and expand freedom in America.

• Let us know if you have any questions about how to answer questions you are getting from your school or
friends. We will do our best to help you.

 Issue a press release about your Stand for the Second Walkout
• Use the sample press release included in this guide to let local media (local news channels, newspapers, radio
stations, etc.) know about the walkout.

• Your school administrator may not want local media to attend. Be respectful of that decision as they work to
keep you safe. With your parents’ help, be willing to challenge the decision if they allowed media for other
walkouts recently.

• Whether you have media at your event or not, you can still let the local media know, and they may choose to
interview you about why you are organizing this event.

• You can use the sample press release close to word for word, editing to include details for your specific event.

 Write a letter to the editor


• Use the sample letter to the editor included in this guide to let local media know your reasons for organizing
the Stand for the Second walkout.

• Having a letter to the editor published multiplies your audience reach so that adults and students, in addition
to the students at your school, know why you are organizing the Stand for the Second Walkout.

• You will need to write the letter to the editor in your own words. The one here is a sample. Local newspapers
will not take a letter to the editor if it appears to be a cut-and-paste job.

• If you want help editing your letter after you write it, we can help edit it.

 During your walkout


• The walkout is to be 16 minutes long, which will go by fairly quickly.

• We have included a sample agenda. Select the things you want to do and skip the things you do not want to
do. You may have already done that at your organizing meeting.

• Watch the video from Rockledge High School in Florida to see how other students organized their walkout.

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Checklist for Organizing May 2nd
Stand for the Second (and all our rights) Walkout
• If you do not want to plan a large walkout, you can simply hold signs, take a few photos and post them to
social media. You may be in a very small group at your school. If that happens, know that over 200 other
schools (so far) are already signed up to do events and are with you in spirit.

• Be sure to photos and video. Lots of selfies. Post on social media using #StandSecond.

• A simple agenda would include singing the National Anthem and read the list of 25 things the Bill of Rights
Says the Government Cannot Do, which is included in this how to guide.

• If you choose to do voter registration, remind people to register to vote.

• Be sure to pass around a sign-up form at the event so you can keep in touch with students in the summer
about the Second Amendment and all of our rights.

• Tea Party Patriots Action will send the event organizer a code to have people text that is unique to your event.
After the event Tea Party Patriots will get those numbers to you so you can create a group text to
communicate after the walkout.

 Voter registration
• If you want to register students to vote at your walkout, email us at students@teapatypatriots.org to let
us know. We will get you printable materials for students to fill out and mail in for your state’s voter
registration requirements.

 Follow up after the event


• Fill out the form linked here after your event to let us know how it went.

 Know your rights


• See the memo from the American Center for Law and Justice and information from the American Civil
Liberties Union below for information about your rights at your school.

• Thank you for using your First Amendment Rights to Stand for the Second Amendment!

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Sample Letter to
School Administration about Intent to Walkout

You can email this letter to your school administration, which typically would include your principal and assistant
principals. You can copy and paste the exact text below. Insert the name of the administrator(s) at the beginning and
update the end to include your name and the year you will graduate.

Dear <___ADMINSRATOR_NAME___>,

In honor of those who have fought for our rights protected in the Constitution and in an effort to promote
school safety, I am working with Stand for the Second to coordinate a national school walkout. The walkout will
happen on May 2 at 10 am.

Like you, we want our school and all schools to be safe. We want schools protected in a way that also respects
the rights the Constitution protects. The walkout is an expression of our support for the rights endowed by our
Creator that the United States Constitution protects.

Please let me know if you are willing to let our school stand for the rights our Constitution protects and with
other students across the country.

__STUDENT_NAME__, __HIGH_SCHOOL_NAME__, Class of __

Sample Press Release for the Walkout


MEDIA ADVISORY

Stand for the Second Activists to Stage School Walkouts Supporting Our Second Amendment Rights on May 2

<Your City, State> – Stand for the Second, a student-led, student-driven group supporting our Second
Amendment rights and founded by Carlsbad (NM) High School senior Will Riley, is organizing walkouts at high
schools across America on May 2, 2017 at 10:00am. Stand for the Second is calling on all high school students
who support the Second Amendment to join the walkout movement. In order to register as a SFTS Student
Leader or register your high school for a walkout, please visit https://standforthesecond.com.

What: Stand for the Second School Walkouts


When: Wednesday, May 2nd from 10:00am to 10:16am
Where: <Insert your high school name>

For more information, please e-mail <insert email contact info>.

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Sample Social Media for
Planning and Promoting Walkout (more social media below)
 Please follow @StandSecond.
 Use these graphics to Tweet, Instagram, or Snap your event. Include time, location, your school’s hashtag, and
#2A in the text of the post.

 Other accounts you may want to follow: @TPPatriots, @JennyBethM, @Heritage, and @DailySignal.

TWEETS
Join students who stand for our rights listed in the Bill of Rights – especially the Second Amendment – on Wednesday,
May 2 at 10am <insert location at school> #StandSecond #2A

Want to walkout for something you actually believe in? Join us as we #StandfortheSecond on May 2 at 10am at <insert
location at school> #walkout #StandSecond

Hey America, not all of our generation shares in the short-sighted destruction of our Constitution. Join us as we
#StandfortheSecond on May at <insert location at school> on Wednesday, May 2 #StandSecond #2A

We believe, as did the founders, that a well-armed citizenry is necessary to the security of a free state. We reject the
notion that liberty should be traded for security, for we know we will have neither. #StandSecond May 2 at <insert
location at school> #2A

Join students of <insert school name> as we stand for school safety and ALL of our rights on Wednesday, May 2.
#StandSecond #2A

I’m going to #walkout of class on May 2nd to #StandfortheSecond amendment rights to keep and bear arms. @StandSecond

More gun laws will only stop law-abiding citizens from accessing firearms. #2a #StandfortheSecond #Walkout

Taking guns away from law-abiding citizens will not solve gun violence. Protect the #SecondAmendment
#StandfortheSecond #Walkout

Firearms are used in hundreds of thousands of self-defense incidents each year. Protect the #SecondAmendment
#StandfortheSecond @StandSecond

90% of recent mass shootings have occurred in “gun-free zones.” The #SecondAmendment saves lives. #2a
#StandfortheSecond #Walkout

We can have #SchoolSafety and still protect our God-Given right to keep and bear arms #2a #StandfortheSecond

If we’re serious about #SchoolSafety, we’ll talk about mental health, family breakdown, culture, kindness, and more. #2a
#StandfortheSecond

Facebook or Instagram
The need for increased school safety is evident in our society today. However, society shouldn’t be quick to restrict the
Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. Our right to bear arms is vital for self-defense and for the preservation
of liberty. The Second Amendment is a cherished right in our country. We can make our schools safer without restricting
the sacred right to keep and bear arms. That’s why I plan to #walkout of school on May 2nd to Stand for the Second
amendment. www.standforthesecond.com

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Top Three Points to Make

1
School Safety is important.
School safety is important, we want to be part of the
solution and will have those discussions locally and at a
national level.

2
Our rights are important too.
Violating the unalienable rights of our fellow law-abiding
citizens to defend themselves is not the way to stop
criminals from carrying out heinous acts.

3
The Second Amendment is necessary to the
security of a free state.
We believe, as did the founders, that a well-armed
citizenry is necessary to the security of a free state.
We reject the notion that liberty should be traded for
security, for we know we will have neither.

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hold a Organizing Meeting
 Review the sample agenda to determine the best agenda for your school. Select the things you want to do and
skip the things you do not want to do.

 Ask the others at the organizing meeting to watch the video of the Rockledge High School walkout for the
Second Amendment. (https://tinyurl.com/hsforsecond)

 The walkout is to be 16 minutes long, which will go by fairly quickly.


 Ask students at the organizing meeting to promote on their social media. Use the sample social media
included here.

 Get each person’s cell phone (or social media handle) so you can set up a group chat for easy communication.
 Review the talking points includedin this how to guide at the organizing meeting so everyone is familiar with how
to talk about the Second Amendment in case the press shows up.

 Bring posterboard and markers to make signs before the walkout. This activity helps ease the tension about
organizing and gives everyone time to get to know each other and why they are walking out through their signs.

 Ask for volunteers for some or each of the following tasks:

Name Cell Phone Number


Lead the signing of the National Anthem
(if you have a singer able and willing)

Signage (make and bring signs to hold during the walkout)

Photographer (take photos and post the photos to social media)

Videographer (take videos and post the videos to social media)

Speak at the Walkout (either reading one of the sample


statements, call to action, or your own thoughts)

Additional Speaker at Walkout (to read other statement or speak)

Write a press release and send to local media (sample below)

Help register 18 year olds to vote

Write a letter to the editor telling why you are standing for the Second

Sign up those who attend (get their contact information so you can
stay in touch in the summer for more ways to be involved)

Clean up (bring a couple of trash bags so that everyone has a place


for trash after the event.)

Write or sign letters to local school board and Members of Congress

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Sample Agenda during walkout
9:55 Walkout
10:00 Students gather and sing National Anthem
10:02 Read the example below aloud or come up with your own
10:05 Student speak about possible solutions to school safety that also protect our rights
10:07 Student speak about why they are outside
10:10 Student speak about why they are outside
10:12 Read what the 25 Things the Bill of Rights Says the Government Cannot Do
10:14 Call to action (See below)
10:16 Disperse and go back to class

✔ (REMEMBER TAKE PHOTOS AND VIDEO. Post to social media and use #StandSecond.)
✔ If you choose to do voter registration, remind people to register to vote.
✔ A very simple agenda would include singing the National Anthem and read the list of 25 things the Bill of Rights
Says the Government Cannot Do, which is included in this how to guide. REMEMBER TAKE PHOTOS AND
VIDEO. Post to social media and use #StandSecond.

Example of What to Read Aloud at Walkout


We are students who are standing up for our Second Amendment rights and all of our rights. We believe the natural
right of self-protection should not be infringed simply because some individuals have used firearms for senseless
attacks. We also believe that the topic of school safety should be addressed. There are many things that we could
do to improve the safety of our schools without infringing on the rights of law-abiding citizens. Some solutions for
school safety we should discuss in this community are better surveillance, more security guards, allowing willing
teachers who are properly trained and mentally fit to have access to a firearm to stave off potential attacks. Finding
solutions for school safety is important. Protecting our natural rights, which are protected by the Constitution, are
just as important and that’s the message that we want to send today.

Call to Action to Read Aloud at Walkout


The right to protect and defend ourselves is a natural right, meaning we are born with it. This isn’t some right that
is granted to us by a king or by a government. It is a God-given right, meaning a government or a king has no right
to take it away. Standing here today is important, but it isn’t enough to protect our rights. We must engage in the
process to protect our rights just as those on the other side are engaging in the process to take away our rights.
When you leave here today, write a letter to your elected officials, including your Senators, your Congressman,
school board officials, city council members, etc. Call them, tweet them, and post on their Facebook pages that
you are a student and you will not stand by as people try to strip away our rights in the name of safety. Safety is
important, but the solution must be a logical approach that doesn’t infringe on our rights.

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Suggested sign messages

“Those who would give up


The Second Amendment: One essential liberty to purchase a
Right that Secures them All little temporary safety, deserve
neither liberty nor safety.”
- Benjamin Franklin

The Only Way to Stop a Bad


Guy with a Gun is a Good Guy If the #2A only referred to
with a Gun muskets, then does #1A only refer
to quill and ink?? NO!

Gun Control Only Stops Good


Guys from Getting Guns We can make our schools safer
without restricting sacred
rights of law-abiding citizens.
The Right to Keep and Bear
Arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED!
School safety is important.
Let’s talk about real
solutions instead of taking away
sacred rights!

REMEMBER TAKE PHOTOS AND VIDEO. Post to social media and use #StandSecond.

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Facts on School Safety &
the Second Amendment
Our friends at The Heritage Foundation have done extensive research on the relationship of guns in society, ways to
improve safety in our schools, and some of the questions we should be asking to try to prevent these tragedies from
happening in the future. We’re happy to pass these resources along to you and encourage you to visit their website
at https://www.heritage.org/school-safety to read more information.

Facts and Figures:

• Firearms are used in self-defense hundreds of thousands of times each


year in the United States.

• Most gun-related crimes are carried out with illegally-owned firearms.


According to some estimates, it may be as high as 80% of all
gun-related crimes that are conducted with illegally-owned guns.

• Over 90% of public mass shootings take place in “gun-free zones,” where
civilians are not permitted to carry firearms. This statistic proves how
ineffective liberal gun-control laws are.

• An estimated 60% of mass public shooters were diagnosed with a mental


disorder or had demonstrated signs of serious mental illness.

• Adolescents living in intact families are less likely to exhibit violent


behaviors or engage in fighting, and report lower levels of stress.

• Get more facts about gun violence and mass shootings.

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What Our Founding Fathers & Others
Have Said about the Second Amendment
“A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined…”
—George Washington, First Annual Address, to both House of Congress, January 8, 1790

“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”


—Thomas Jefferson, Virginia Constitution, Draft 1, 1776

“What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit
of resistance. Let them take arms.”
—Thomas Jefferson, letter to James Madison, December 20, 1787

“The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor
determined to commit crimes ... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather
to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”
—Thomas Jefferson, Commonplace Book (quoting 18th century criminologist Cesare Beccaria), 1774-1776

“That a well-regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural and safe defense
of a free state; that standing armies, in time of peace, should be avoided as dangerous to liberty; and that, in all cases, the
military should be under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power.”
—George Mason, Virginia Declaration of Rights, June 12 1776

“The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. A well-regulated militia, composed of the body of the
people, trained to arms, is the best and most natural defense of a free country.”
—James Madison, I Annals of Congress 434, June 8, 1789

“The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a republic;
since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are
successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them.”
—Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States, 1833

additional information
MUST SEE VIDEO: Florida Rockledge High School students Anna Delaney and Chloe Deaton organized a school
walkout in support of the Second Amendment

PragerU’s Videos
Is Gun Ownership a Right?
What Should We Do About Guns?
Gun Rights Are Women’s Rights

Stephen Crowder’s I am Pro-Gun. Even if you do not have a full hour to watch this video, check out the first 15
minutes or so.

Heritage School Safety Page is an excellent resource. It includes several links at the bottom of this page with more
reading including a Columbine survivor who wants to end gun-free zones, a school where an attack was foiled and
students were arrested, and a school in Oklahoma that allows teachers to be armed.

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FAq
Should the age to purchase a gun be increased?

The age to voluntarily serve in the military and to fight and potentially die for your country is 18, so we believe the right to
protect and defend yourself should extend to these individuals as well.

Should teachers be armed?

Stand for the Second is neutral on this position. We understand that no one is advocating all teachers be required to carry
a gun. When this has been offered as a solution, it has been done so only for teachers that feel comfortable, are trained,
and pass the requirements to be able to carry a gun should be allowed to do so. Arming teachings is a possible solution our
community should discuss. During those discussions in our community, there are examples of schools who are training and
arming teachers we can review such as this school in Oklahoma and in this in Ohio.

Why are you doing a walkout? It is disruptive to schools.

There has been a lot of buzz around the school walkouts that happened in March in response to the Parkland shooting. We
feel as though the media only presented one side of the argument. In an effort to make our voices heard, we are using the
walkout to stand up for our rights that are protected by the US Constitution.

Why is Tea Party Patriots Action helping Stand for the Second organize rallies?

In the wake of the Parkland, Florida shootings, the level of anti-Second Amendment activism has increased significantly. To
a worrying degree, it appears that many of our fellow citizens believe the proper answer to their concerns over school safety
issues is to restrict our Constitutional rights. As an organization dedicated to the defense of those rights, it was natural for
Tea Party Patriots Action to consider how best to take action.

As we were considering various courses of action, we learned of the launch of Stand for the Second, and reached out.
Because we are grassroots activists with experience, we recognize the importance of maximizing the efficiency of effort – in
other words, we know the value of ensuring that we are not duplicating someone else’s efforts. So, instead of organizing
high school students ourselves, we offered our experience and our assistance to Stand for the Second.

It’s important to understand that while we are pleased to offer assistance and guidance, this effort is not driven by Tea
Party Action. It was created and is driven by high school students. Ours is a supporting role.

Friends and students at my school who agree that the Second Amendment is important are afraid to stand with
me? What if I am the only one?

We asked Anna Delany who organized the Rockledge High School walkout about this. Her advice is that if you want to
stand for the 2nd, then go for it with or without your friends. If they were really your friends and they also believe in the
2nd, they would support you and stand with you. Even if your friends didn’t stand with you, there’s plenty of other people in
the silent majority that would. Some of Anna’s didn’t stand with her or the rest of her group, but they still did it anyway.

Just don’t back down for what you believe in.

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HOW TO WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR

WHAT IS A LETTER TO THE EDITOR? GUIDELINES FOR GETTING A LETTER TO THE


EDITOR PUBLISHED
A letter to the editor is a letter written to the Editor
of a newspaper. The letter is an opportunity for Most newspapers publish guidelines with their
you to express your opinion about a recent article specific requirements for getting a letter published,
published in the paper or an issue in the news. but here are some general rules that will help you
get your letter to the editor published.
Writing letters to the editor is an important
engagement tool for activists. They allow activists to • Include your name and address and a telephone
do the following: number where you can be reached.

• Be respectful and courteous, even when


1) Reach a broader audience than you
disagreeing with the Editorial Board about a
normally would have;
specific issue.
S
NEW • Be specific. If you are opposed to more gun
2) Hold your local journalists accountable;
control, mention the specific reasons why.
Provide examples.
3) Present alternative views on
• Cite your sources. If you include any quoted
political issues.
material, be sure to correctly cite your source
or attribute the quote.
Letters to the editor are usually found in the first • Use proper grammar. Spellcheck your letter
section of the newspaper or on the editorial page. and be sure to use proper grammar. Refer to
The Elements of Style for a great overview of
effective writing.

• Be concise. Letters to the editor are much


more likely to be published if they are 300
words or fewer. Make your point as clearly and
concisely as possible.

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Sample Letter to the Editor
(Second Amendment)

Dear Editor,

The Second Amendment, one of our most cherished rights as American citizens, is under serious
attack today. Every tragic mass shooting in recent years has prompted gun-control activists,
politicians, and the mainstream media to offer ineffective gun bans as the solution. The only
problem? Gun-control measures don’t work.

According to some of the latest statistics, 80 percent of gun-related crimes are committed with
illegally-owned guns. The solution, then, is not to restrict the right for law-abiding citizens to
own guns.

Gun-free zones, which became popular in the 1990’s, have proven to be horribly dangerous places.
Schools today are gun-free zones, but we all know the effects of that. In fact, according to Gun
Owners of America, a full 90 percent of recent mass shootings have occurred in gun-free zones. So,
maybe we can now definitively say that gun-free zones have not worked as planned?

America deserves a serious dialogue about gun violence and about keeping guns out of the hands of
those with mental illness. Eroding the Second Amendment for law-abiding citizens will do nothing
to address these serious problems.

Sincerely,

Your Name
Your City

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Sample Letter to the Editor
(School Safety)

Dear Editor,

There is a heightened need to have an honest discussion about school safety in our society today.
Unfortunately, after the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, the cry
for gun-control rang louder than it has in recent memory.

Most Americans agree that we could do a better job of protecting our children in schools, and most
Americans want real solutions, not a short-sighted attack on our Constitutional rights.

Gun-free zones, which became popular in the 1990’s, have proven to be horribly dangerous places.
Schools today are gun-free zones, and we’ve all seen the tragedies play out over the years. According
to Gun Owners of America, 90 percent of recent mass shootings have occurred in gun-free zones.

Additionally, The Washington Post reported that 80 percent of gun-related crimes are committed
with illegally-owned guns. So, why then, does anyone think new gun laws will prevent perpetrators
who want to carry out a mass shooting from obtaining a firearm?

The evidence suggests that passing new gun laws will do virtually nothing to stop gun-related crimes
from happening.

So rather than going round-and-round every single time one of these terrible tragedies occurs, why
don’t we have a discussion on things like mental health, family breakdown, culture and media, that
could make a difference in creating a safer environment for our children? And while we’re at it, why
don’t we all work to be more kind to each other?

Sincerely,

Your Name
Your City

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Parkland’s anti-gun students don’t speak for me or my generation
Will Riley

For the past month, Americans have been subjected to wall-to-wall cable news coverage of a well-orchestrated
campaign to dismantle the Second Amendment. This campaign, organized and funded by national gun control
groups, has exploited a handful of grieving teens from the Parkland, Fla., high school shooting tragedy.

As a high school senior in Carlsbad, N.M., who supports gun rights, I am disgusted by how these students and their
adult handlers are trying to define my generation. My generation is not anti-Second Amendment. My generation
does not agree with retired Justice John Paul Stevens that the Second Amendment should be repealed.

In fact, millennials are more pro-gun than our parents are. It’s time the media starts hearing from the millions of
young Americans who respect the Constitution and recognize that the Second Amendment is fundamental to our
protection and safety, as both individuals, and as a nation.

A recent Gallup poll found that 66 percent of 18-to-29-year-olds said they think that concealed carry guns would
make the U.S. safer, 10 percentage points higher than the national average of 56 percent. A separate Pew Research
Center poll found differences between millennials and the generations before them on two gun control proposals,
outlawing “assault-style” weapons and banning magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. Both Republican and
Democratic millennials are more conservative on these proposals and less likely to favor them than Generation Xers,
Baby Boomers, and even members of the so-called “silent generation,” those born between the mid-1920s and mid-
1940s. These Parkland high school students do not speak for my generation.

I am not a hunter. I am not much of a shooter. But this issue is not only about guns. This is a battle for the very heart
and soul of our country. My goal is simple. I want to spread awareness that not all of my generation shares in this
shortsighted crusade to strike a grievous blow to our nation. That is why I have decided to start this movement,
Stand for the Second, and began planning a student walkout paralleling the National Day of Action and March for
our Lives.

Rather than focus on the victims of firearms, as the gun control walkout did, our walkout will recognize all the
American lives saved each year by firearms. Every year anywhere from 500,000 to 3 million Americans use a firearm
to defend themselves. If you assume the midpoint, 1.5 million is the most accurate number, during a 16-minute
walkout that breaks down to 91 American lives saved during the walkout. We want Americans to know that firearms
are overwhelmingly used for good in our country. More importantly, the Constitution guarantees the right of every
law-abiding American to keep and bear arms. That is what we want to remind people of: Our Constitution is still
relevant today and the Second Amendment in particular is still sacred.

Currently, my Stand for the Second walkout is expected to draw about a thousand students at Carlsbad High School,
with a small residual effect causing smaller walkouts in Artesia, Hobbs, and possibly Roswell. However, this is not the
vision I want for our movement.

I want a nationwide movement to defend the Constitution. Unfortunately, I don’t have the benefit of wealthy
organizers and funders like the Parkland students enjoyed. It’s pretty much just me and my friends trying to get
the word out. I am asking everyone who sees this, to consider a Stand for the Second walk-out at your high school.
Because my generation is so connected on social media, I think our message should be spread on Twitter and
Instagram, and whatever other sites you use.

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My generation has an obligation to define itself and not let ourselves be defined by national gun control groups. This
is our opportunity to stand up for the Second Amendment and have our voices heard in this critical national debate.
Will Riley is a senior at Carlsbad High School in Carlsbad, N.M., and the founder of Stand for the Second.
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/op-eds/parklands-anti-gun-students-dont-speak-for-me-or-my-generation

The Gun-Control Sideshow


Jenny Beth Martin

In the wake of the Valentine’s Day shooting in Parkland, Florida, Congress is revisiting gun control. One bill under
consideration is the Cornyn-Murphy-Feinstein “Fix NICS” bill, which purports to strengthen the federal government’s
background check system for purposes of purchasing a firearm. But upon close examination, “Fix NICS,” in its current
state, does not fix the problem at all — in fact, it exacerbates existing problems and creates plenty of new ones.

For decades, Congress has been grappling with the question of who should be prohibited from obtaining firearms.
Often lost in the discussion, however, is the fact that current federal law already prohibits the sale of firearms
to felons, “mental defectives,” illegal aliens, and a number of other categories of criminals and potentially
dangerous individuals.

The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993 mandated the creation of the National Instant Criminal
Background Check System (NICS), which the FBI developed in partnership with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Federal government agencies and state and local officials are able to send information
to the FBI for inclusion in the database, so firearms dealers can easily access information about individuals who are
prohibited by federal law from purchasing or owning a firearm.

But the system is far from perfect.

Back in April 2016, Devin Kelley — the mass shooter in the Sutherland Springs, Texas, church shooting that took
place last November — was able to purchase a Ruger AR-556 rifle in San Antonio, which he later used to kill 26
people. Despite the fact that Kelley, a former Air Force logistics officer, was convicted by a court martial in 2012 of
two counts of assault (against his wife and child), the background check failed to raise any red flags. His punishment
was 12 months of confinement and a bad-conduct discharge from the military. For both of those reasons, he would
have been prohibited by federal law from purchasing or owning a firearm. And yet the NICS database contained
none of that information.

The Texas church massacre is the reason for today’s debate over gun control. Texas Sen. John Cornyn introduced the
“Fix NICS” bill in response to the shooting that had occurred in his home state.

Mr. Cornyn’s bill attempts to expand the effectiveness of the background search database, and the bill includes
additional funding for states as an incentive to turn over names of individuals for the database.

Seems like a good idea, right? Well, not exactly.

Many of those whose “information” would be sent to the federally-maintained database would include people who
should not be deprived of their Second Amendment right. Consider, for example, a person who is guilty of an unpaid
speeding ticket. According to this bill, that person would be a “fugitive” of the law, and unable to purchase a firearm.

As a Second Amendment advocate, I have other concerns about “Fix NICS,” as well.

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Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley has pointed out one particularly alarming fact about the database— it has turned into an
all-too-efficient way of erasing veterans’ Second Amendment rights. As he notes: “Roughly 99 percent of all names
submitted to the list’s ‘mental defective’ category [by the federal government] were reported by the [Veterans Affairs
Department].”

The most serious concern with “Fix NICS” is that it would severely undermine individuals’ due process rights.
Individuals can be deprived of their constitutional right to own a firearm without their knowledge, without a court
date, and without a conviction. The deprivation of due process is a slippery slope, and raises questions about other
constitutionally-protected rights that could be summarily violated by the federal government.

Beyond the specific problems of “Fix NICS,” there are also the broader problems with gun-control legislation
in general.

The reality is that gun-control laws are not merely ineffective, they’re also often counter-productive. Close to 99
percent of all mass shootings since 1950 have occurred in “gun-free zones,” according to the Crime Prevention
Research Center. And the Gun-Free School Zones Act has had devastating effects, turning schools into easy targets
for the mentally ill with homicidal plans.

The Valentine’s Day school shooting in Florida showcased government incompetence at its worst — and at all
levels, from the FBI’s decision to ignore numerous warning calls about Nikolas Cruz, to the local police officials who
concluded after 39 visits with Cruz that he was “mentally ill,” but still did nothing, to the school resource officers who
refused to engage Cruz while he was on his shooting rampage.

In true Washington fashion, “Fix NICS” would not actually fix our nation’s gun violence problems; Instead, it would
expand the government’s background-check database (to include many law-abiding citizens), erode the Second
Amendment, and deny due process to countless Americans.
Americans are ready for thoughtful discussion on how to solve gun violence in our country, and how to improve
government responses to warning signs. In the meantime, Congress should avoid the temptation for a knee-jerk vote
for Fix NICS in its current state.

Government failures, no matter how profound or consequential, should never be an excuse for stripping away
Americans’ constitutional rights.
Jenny Beth Martin is the president and co-founder of Tea Party Patriots.
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/feb/28/gun-control-sideshow/

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Printable ITEMs

Sample Flyer Promoting Walkout - Page 25


Print your flyers using the graphic on the following page that promotes the
walkout. Use the space at the bottom to put details about your walkout. Post
these in hallways and hand them out to students at your school. Larger and
Smaller sizes can found at tpp.org/walkout.

Sample Sign Up Sheet for the Event - Page 26


Print a sign-up form at the event so you can keep in touch with students in the
summer about the Second Amendment and all of our rights.

Sample Signs to Hold at Walkout Event - Pages 27-28


Print signs using the graphics provided. Larger sizes can found
at tpp.org/walkout.

25 Things the Government Cannot Do - Page 29


Print the 25 Things the Government Cannot Do as a flyer to hand out
summarizing what the Bill of Rights says the government cannot do.

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Memo from the American Center for Law and Justice (ALCJ)
The American Center for Law and Justice (ALCJ) is an organization dedicated to the defense of constitutional liberties
secured by law. You may click to download the full memo.

These issue summaries provide an overview of the law as of the date they were written and are for educational purposes
only. These summaries may become outdated and may not represent the current state of the law. Reading this material
DOES NOT create an attorney-client relationship between you and the American Center for Law and Justice, and this
material should NOT be taken as legal advice. You should not take any action based on the educational materials provided
on this website, but should consult with an attorney if you have a legal question.

Student Free Speech Rights

More than any other area, the ACLJ receives numerous inquiries about students’ free speech rights. The fact is,
however, from the moment they step onto the public school campus to the moment they graduate, public school
students enjoy substantial rights to free speech, free press, assembly and religion.

All students have a right to free speech guaranteed by the First Amendment. The Supreme Court has held that
students and teachers do not “shed their constitutional rights . . . at the schoolhouse gate.” Tinker v. Des Moines
Indep. Sch. Dist., 393 U.S. 503, 506 (1969). In Tinker, the Supreme Court criticized school officials for panicking in
the face of a peaceful expression of protest—students wearing black armbands to express disapproval of America’s
involvement in South Vietnam—and suspending students from school. Id. at 504. A student’s speech may only be
restricted if such speech will “materially and substantially interfere with the requirements of appropriate discipline in
the operation of the school” Id. at 509 (quoting Burnside v. Byars, 363 F.2d 744, 749 (5th Cir. 1966)). Thus, students
have the right to discuss religious beliefs, and even share religious materials, with their peers between classes, at
break, at lunch, and before and after school.

The Supreme Court has also clearly established the right of students to organize and participate in Bible clubs. Bd.
of Educ. of Westside Cmty. Schs. v. Mergens, 496 U.S. 226 (1990). The Mergens Court upheld the constitutionality of
the Equal Access Act which allows Bible clubs or prayer groups to meet on public school campuses. . Id. at 236. The
Court interpreted the Equal Access Act which Congress passed in 1984 to ensure that high school students were not
discriminated against in public schools because of their religious beliefs. As Justice O’Connor held speaking for the
Court in Mergens, “[I]f a State refused to let religious groups use facilities open to others, then it would demonstrate
not neutrality but hostility toward religion.” Id. at 248. If a public school has clubs that are allowed to meet on
campus that are not a part of a class that is being taught, or are not directly related to a school class, then the school
must allow a Bible club the same privilege. In other words, the school must treat the Bible club or prayer group as
equals to the other student clubs and groups on campus.

The Establishment Clause requires government neutrality toward religion. The Supreme Court has repeatedly held
that the First Amendment requires public school officials to be neutral in their treatment of religion, showing neither
favoritism toward nor hostility against religious expression such as prayer. Good News Club v. Milford Cent. Sch., 533
U.S. 98, 115 (2001). Accordingly, the First Amendment forbids religious activity that is sponsored by the government
but protects religious activity that is initiated by private individuals, and the line between government-sponsored
and privately initiated religious expression is vital to properly understanding the First Amendment’s scope.

Following this current interpretation of the First Amendment, teachers and other public school officials may not lead
their classes in prayer, devotional readings from the Bible, or other religious activities. Engel v. Vitale, 370 U.S. 421
(1962) (invalidating state laws directing the use of prayer in public schools); Sch. Dist. of Abington Twp. v. Schempp,

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374 U.S. 203 (1963) (invalidating state laws and policies requiring public schools to begin the school day with Bible
readings and prayer); Mergens, 496 U.S. 226 (1990) (plurality opinion) (explaining that “a school may not itself lead
or direct a religious club”). Nor may school officials attempt to persuade or compel students to participate in prayer
or other religious activities. Lee v. Weisman, 505 U.S. 577, 589 (1992); Wallace v. Jaffree, 472 U.S. 38 (1985). Such
conduct is “attributable to the State” and thus violates the Establishment Clause. Lee, at 587.

However, teachers may take part in religious activities where the overall context makes clear that they are not
participating in their official capacities. Before school or during lunch, for example, teachers may meet with
other teachers for prayer or Bible study to the same extent that they may engage in other conversation or
nonreligious activities. Similarly, teachers may participate in their personal capacities in privately sponsored
baccalaureate ceremonies.

Although the Constitution forbids public school officials from directing or favoring prayer, the Supreme Court has
made clear that “private religious speech, far from being a First Amendment orphan, is as fully protected under
the Free Speech Clause as secular private expression.” Capitol Square Review & Advisory Bd. v. Pinette, 515 U.S. 753,
760 (1995). Moreover, not all religious speech that takes place in the public schools or at school-sponsored events
equals governmental speech. Santa Fe Indep. Sch. Dist. v. Doe, 530 U.S. 290, 302 (2000) (explaining that “not every
message” that is “authorized by a government policy and take[s] place on government property at government-
sponsored school-related events” is “the government’s own”). Further, the Santa Fe court stated that “nothing in the
Constitution . . . prohibits any public school student from voluntarily praying at any time before, during, or after the
school day.” Id. at 313.

Local school authorities possess substantial discretion to impose rules of order and academic restrictions on student
activities. In Bethel Sch. Dist. v. Fraser, 478 U.S. 675, 683 86 (1986), the Supreme Court held that the school district
acted entirely within its permissible authority in imposing sanctions upon a student in response to his offensively
lewd and indecent speech.

However, authorities may not structure or administer such rules to discriminate against students’ prayer or religious
speech. For instance, where schools permit students’ expression on the basis of genuinely neutral criteria and
students retain primary control over the content of their expression, student religious speech, including prayer, is not
attributable to the state and therefore may not be restricted because of its religious content. Rosenberger v. Rector,
515 U.S. 819 (1995); Good News Club, 533 U.S. 98; Lamb’s Chapel v. Ctr. Moriches Union Free Sch. Dist., 508 U.S. 384
(1993); Widmar v. Vincent, 454 U.S. 263 (1981); Santa Fe, 530 U.S. at 304.

In addition, in circumstances in which students are entitled to pray, public schools may not restrict or censor their
prayers on the ground that others may deem the prayers “too religious.” The Establishment Clause prohibits state
officials from making judgments about what constitutes an appropriate prayer, and from favoring or disfavoring
certain types of prayers over others. The Supreme Court has explained that “one of the greatest dangers to the
freedom of the individual to worship in his own way lay in the Government’s placing its official stamp of approval
upon one particular kind of prayer or one particular form of religious services. . . .” Engel v. Vitale, 370 U.S. 421,
429 (1962). Furthermore, “neither the power nor the prestige” of state officials may “be used to control, support
or influence the kinds of prayer the American people can say,” and that the state is “without power to prescribe by
law any particular form of prayer.” Id. at 429–30. In sum, school officials must respect students’ Constitutional and
statutory rights to express their private religious views.

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Information from American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Website
The following information comes from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) when they helped with the March 13
School Walkouts that were in favor of more gun control. Their site is geared toward that side of the argument, but they
have good information about the rights you have as an American and what you can do if you are treated differently by your
school or administration because of your beliefs. You may click to see more information.

Do I have First Amendment rights in school?


Yes. You do not lose your right to free speech just by walking into school. You have the right to speak out, hand out
flyers and petitions, and wear expressive clothing in school — as long as you don’t disrupt the functioning of the
school or violate the school’s content-neutral policies.

What counts as “disruptive” will vary by context, but a school disagreeing with your position or thinking your speech
is controversial or in “bad taste” is not enough to qualify. Courts have upheld students’ rights to wear things like an
anti-war armband, an armband opposing the right to get an abortion, and a shirt supporting the LGBT community.
And “content-neutral policies” means rules that have nothing to do with the message you’re expressing, like dress
codes. So, for example, a school can prohibit you from wearing hats — because that rule is not based on what the
hats say — but it can’t prohibit you from wearing only pink pussycat hats or only pro-NRA hats.

Can my school discipline me for participating in a walkout?


Yes. Because the law in most places requires students to go to school, schools can discipline you for missing class.
But what they can’t do is discipline you more harshly because of the political nature of or the message behind
your action.

The exact punishment you could face will vary by your state, school district, and school. Find out more by reading
the policies of your school and school district. If you’re planning to miss a class or two, look at the policy for
unexcused absences. If you’re considering missing several days, read about truancy. And either way, take a look at
the policy for suspensions. In some states and districts, suspension is not an available punishment for unexcused
absences. And nationwide, if you are facing a suspension of 10 days or more, you have a right to a formal process
and can be represented by a lawyer. Some states and school districts require a formal process for fewer days, too.
Also, you should be given the same right to make up work just as any other student who missed classes.

Find out the rules so you can tell if they are being applied differently when it comes to your walkout.

What about for protesting away from school?


Outside of school, you enjoy essentially the same rights to protest and speak out as anyone else. This means
you’re likely to be most protected if you organize, protest, and advocate for your views off campus and outside of
school hours.

What are my rights on social media?


You have the right to speak your mind on social media. Your school cannot punish you for content you post off
campus and outside of school hours that does not relate to school. Some schools have attempted to extend their
power to punish students even for off-campus, online posts. While courts have differed on the constitutionality of
those punishments, the ACLU has challenged such overreach.

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about tea party action
Tea Party Patriots Action stands for every American, and is home to millions who have come together to pursue
the American Dream and to keep that Dream alive for their children and grandchildren.

What unites the tea party movement is the same set of core
principles that brought America together at its founding, that
kindled the American Dream in the hearts of those who struggled
to build our nation, and made the United States of America the
AT ITS ROOT THE
greatest, most successful country in world history.

At its root the American Dream is about freedom. Freedom to


AMERICAN DREAM IS
work hard and the freedom to keep the fruits of your labor to use
as you see fit without harming others and without hindering their
freedom. Very simply, three guiding principles give rise to the
ABOUT FREEDOM.
freedom necessary to pursue and live the American Dream:
Personal Freedom, Economic Freedom and a Debt-Free Future.

Why is Tea Party Patriots Action helping Stand for the Second organize rallies?

In the wake of the Parkland, Florida shootings, the level of anti-Second Amendment activism has increased
significantly. To a worrying degree, it appears that many of our fellow citizens believe the proper answer to their
concerns over school safety issues is to restrict our Constitutional rights. As an organization dedicated to the
defense of those rights, it was natural for Tea Party Patriots Action to consider how best to take action. As we
were considering various courses of action, we learned of the launch of Stand for the Second, and reached out.
Because we are grassroots activists with experience, we recognize the importance of maximizing the efficiency
of effort – in other words, we know the value of ensuring that we are not duplicating someone else’s efforts. So,
instead of organizing high school students ourselves, we offered our experience and our assistance to Stand for
the Second.It’s important to understand that while we are pleased to offer assistance and guidance, this effort is
not driven by Tea Party Action. It was created and is driven by high school students. Ours is a supporting role.

For more information about Tea Party Patriots Action, go to teapartypatriotsaction.org.

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