WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Purdue University has joined a growing list of schools telling students they won't be punished for participating in walk- outs over gun violence.
The mass shooting in Parkland, FL has created a wave of protests and some high schools are punishing students who participate.
Students at Purdue called on the university to make a statement so high school students could feel comfortable participating in walk-outs without the fear of their admission being revoked.
Purdue released a statement saying:
"Because Purdue is committed to free and open inquiry in all matters, we guarantee all members of our university community the broadest possible latitude to speak, write, listen, challenge, and learn. This guarantee extends to our newest Boilermakers,whose admissions decisions will not be negatively affected by their participation in a peaceful protest on any side of any subject or by their engaging in any other form of protected speech."
Purdue student, Caroline Shanley thinks the move is a step in the right direction.
"I study a lot of Supreme Court cases and we see that a lot of these cases about free speech issues come directly from high school students, such as the Parkland students," said Shanley.
"That should be encouraged so much because that's how we create citizens who are informed and participate in the political process," said student Elliot Williams.
Top universities across the country have released statements to reassure prospective students that participating won't ruin their chance of attending, iincluding Indiana University.
A tweet from its admissions page reads in part: "At IU, we encourage students to engage in meaningful, informed and civil discourse regarding difficult and important issues."