The Godfather star Robert DeNiro and Julianne Moore wrote "excuse" letters that allow students to participate in the National School Walkout on Friday, protesting gun violence.
Both have them have written templates that explain why they support students in the walkout. Friday marks the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting.
Per The Hill:
“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.”
— National School Walkout (@schoolwalkoutUS) April 18, 2018
More than 2,600 walkouts are planned for Friday, per the movement's website. The walkout will happen at 10 a.m. and the students will have an open mic, listening sessions and spark conversation in response to gun violence.
Here is Julianne Moore's "excuse" for students to miss class on Friday:
— National School Walkout (@schoolwalkoutUS) April 20, 2018