New Milford parents hire lawyer over school walkout

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Some New Milford High School parents have hired a lawyer to look into whether school officials did anything illegal by allowing students to leave their scheduled classes for the walkout movement.

New Milford was one of many local schools where administrators worked with the students to coordinate the walkout rather than having them walk out unsupervised.

Attorney Deborah Stevenson says that was not legal because administrators used school time, funded by taxpayer dollars, to support what she calls a partisan political event.

Stevenson sent a letter on Monday asking the school to cancel the event.

"Some of the students who may have chosen not to participate in this event may have felt alienated, ostracized and bullied by their peers and even by the administration," she says.

A lawyer for the school says the assembly was only about students wanting to end gun violence. And the school says there is nothing wrong with what the students did.

School officials say any student who did not want to participate was invited to go to a different location.

Lawyers say nothing has been filed in court yet.

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