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Robert DeNiro, Julianne Moore pen ‘excuse’ letters for students participating in walkout over gun violence

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Students participating in the National School Walkout on Friday may be using some famous names to excuse them from class.

Robert DeNiro and Julianne Moore have both written letter templates explaining why they support students walking out of class on Friday, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting, in protest of gun violence.

“Please excuse _________ from classes on April 20th to participate in the National School Walkout,” DeNiro’s letter reads. “I know we share the same interest for our children — a safe nurturing environment for their education and growth.”

He writes that the walkout is covered by the same reasons his children and grandchildren have been excused from class: “Health, Respect/Memorial, Community Service, Good Citizenship and Education.”

“What an opportunity to teach these kids history by encouraging them to make history,” he writes. “Let them learn about the American tradition of protest for change as they experience it.”

At least 2,600 walkouts are planned for Friday, according to the movement’s website. Students are planning to walk out of their classrooms at 10 a.m. and take part in open mic, listening sessions and other conversations related to gun violence.

{mosads}Julianne Moore also wrote a similar letter, saying that the walkout is, in essence, a “memorial service” to commemorate Columbine and others lost to gun violence.

“When I watch these young people protest, I realize they are … raising their voices so that we elevate all lives, and honor each and every one of us,” she writes. “Please allow these young women and men to take the time to honor their dead in this moment of memorial.”


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