The Latest: Walkout hits close to home for Nevada students

The Latest: Walkout hits close to home for Nevada studentsPARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the nationwide student walkout to protest gun violence (all times local):5:50 p.m.The walkouts protesting gun violence at schools across the country hit close to home for students who were attending a middle school in northern Nevada when tragedy hit their campus more than four years ago.Sparks High School Principal Kevin Carroll says some of his seniors were students at nearby Sparks Middle School when a seventh-grader opened fire on the school playground in October 2013.Jose Reyes fatally shot Sparks Middle School teacher Michael Landsberry and injured two classmates before turning the gun on himself.About 200 students at Sparks High participated in Wednesday’s walkout.Carroll told the Reno Gazette Journal he thinks the protest had the biggest impact on those who experienced the fatal shooting in 2013. He says it was “kind of heartening” to see them participate in the rally.___5:25 p.m.An unspecified threat at one northern Nevada high school kept most of its students from walking out of class to participate in a nationwide protest marking the one-month anniversary of a Florida school shooting.The Douglas County sheriff’s office says a stay-put order was issued at Douglas High School in Gardnerville south of Carson City on Wednesday shortly after the threat was received at about 9:30 a.m.Deputies and state troopers patrolled the campus and surrounding area before they determined there was no danger and the order was lifted by 11 a.m.The Record-Courier reports three students managed to make their way out of the school and briefly joined more than a dozen adults who rallied with signs outside.An officer escorted them back inside the school, which plans to reschedule its demonstration for another day.___4:35 p.m.Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is commending students for speaking up on school safety during Wednesday’s national student walkout.Department spokeswoman Liz Hill said Wednesday that the secretary “gives a lot credit to the students who are raising their voices and demanding change.”Hill adds, “She hears them, and their input will be valuable.”DeVos has said arming teachers should be an option for those schools and communities who want it.DeVos will chair a federal commission tasked with student safety. On Tuesday, she met with U.S. Sen. Patty Murray of Washington state, the top Democrat on the committee overseeing education. Murray complained that DeVos didn’t provide any specifics on the commission’s work and would not discuss any role the National Rifle Association may have in its work.___4 p.m.New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio joined students from a Brooklyn high school as part of the nationwide student walkout to protest gun violence.De Blasio was with students from Edward R. Murrow High School, one of hundreds of schools around the city where students participated in the walkout.The Democratic mayor said, “You are making so clear to this whole country that you are sick of the violence. You are sick of the madness. You are sick of the slaughter, and you won’t stand for it.” He told the students to “keep fighting.”Also in New York City, Gov. Andrew Cuomo took part in a “die-in” to protest gun violence.The Democratic governor, dressed in a suit and tie, lay down on the pavement in Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park along with American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten and students from Leadership and Public Service High School. Cuomo chanted “Gun control now!”___3:50 p.m.Hundreds of Kentucky high school students joined a nationwide gun violence protest by traveling to the state Capitol for a rally in frigid weather.The rally in Frankfort included a group of students from Marshall County High School, the site of a deadly school shooting in January. The students got a pass Wednesday to leave school and travel more than three hours to the Capitol.Marshall County student Cameron King urged the demonstrators to “keep screaming, keep yelling, keep fighting until you make a change, because we are the change.” King recalled fleeing the school during the Jan. 23 shooting and hiding at a car dealership.Students huddled near the front entrance, chanting and carrying signs that said “Never Again” and “Books Not Bullets.”___3:25 p.m.