Student anti-gun violence march tomorrow morning will affect traffic in Atherton and Menlo Park

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on March 13, 2018

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To mark the one-month anniversary of the Florida school shooting, students from Menlo Atherton High School, Menlo School, and Sacred Heart School will be conducting a walk-out and protest march from Atherton to El Camino Park in Palo Alto Wednesday morning, March 14, starting about 10:15.

On the M-A campus, the names of the Parkland victims will be read at 10:00 am. “We will make an announcement to students tomorrow, reiterating my [earlier] message and emphasizing that students do not have to miss school to take action.,” emailed M-A principal Simone Rick-Kennel. “We encourage them to join teachers, parents, administrators, school board members and students in planned March for Our Lives events taking place on Saturday March 24th in various locations.”

M-A students who leave campus will be marked absent, according to principal Rick-Kennel.

Over a thousand students from the three schools are expected to participate.

Traffic will be heavily impacted on Valparaiso Avenue, University Drive, Oak Grove Avenue, and El Camino Real, especially on El Camino Real from Atherton to Palo Alto. Drivers should expect road closures, extended traffic delays, and possible detours.

The Atherton Police Department, the Menlo Park Police Department, and the Palo Alto Police Department encourage drivers to use alternative routes to get to their destinations.

The Parkland shooting has galvanized a youth-led anti-gun violence movement. Yesterday, students at M-A made protest signs (pictured above) and sent letters to elected officials.

Photo by Erica Miner / M-A Chronicle

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