Florida University Students Plan Mass Walkout to Protest DeSantis "Destroying Our Schools"
- Ron DeSantis told all public universities in Florida to hand over medical data on trans students.
- Insider has confirmed six of the 12 universities have complied with the request.
- Now, college students across the state are planning a walkout to protest the governor's request.
Students across Florida are planning a statewide walkout after Gov. Ron DeSantis requested all public universities comply in delivering data from student health services on transgender students who sought gender-affirming care at the institutions.
DeSantis asked to see anonymized information of any student who has experienced gender dysphoria in the past five years. In addition, he wants their ages and the dates they received gender-affirming care. The deadline to submit those records was February 10.
Insider has confirmed that University of Florida, Florida State University, University of Central Florida, Florida A&M University, Florida International University, and the University of North Florida have complied with the request, but has yet to hear back from the rest.
Students at these universities are now planning rallies for next week along with the statewide walkout on February 23. Ben Braver, a junior at the University of South Florida and the outreach officer for the school's College Democrats chapter, is leading the initiative, known as the Stand for Freedom Florida Walkout.
"Hate is spread when it's innocuous, when it seems silly, and when it seems like taking a stand is an overreaction. We, just like any generation, need to stand for the civil rights that have already been fought for, the ones that have been won, and those which are at stake right now."