If you're planning to take part in the national school walkout, read this

Updated 1453 GMT (2253 HKT) March 14, 2018

(CNN)Students across the country are expected to walk out of their classrooms Wednesday morning to protest gun violence. The National School Walkout is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. in every time zone and last for 17 minutes -- a minute for each life lost in the Parkland school shooting.

If you're a student who's thinking of taking part (or thet parent of one), you probably have lots of questions: Can the school retaliate? Will it hurt your chances of college? Can you just stay home for the day?
For help with answers, we turned to a couple of experts:
Ben Wizner picture
Ben Wizner
Director of ACLU's Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project
Christine V. Hamiel picture
Christine V. Hamiel
Lawyer advising school districts in Wisconsin on legal issues
Ben Wizner is the director of the ACLU's Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project and an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law. He's litigated numerous cases involving the intersection of civil liberties and national security. He's also the principal legal advisor to Edward Snowden.
Christine V. Hamiel is an attorney at the von Briesen & Roper law firm in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She chairs the firm's school law section and advises school districts on legal matters involving student issues, among other things.

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Can my school punish me for taking part? Can I be arrested? Can a teacher force me to write a letter or essay as a condition for participating? Can a teacher schedule a test during the walkout? Will participating hurt my chance of getting into college? Can my parents sign me out of class for the walkout? Do I have to stay on my campus when I walk out? If I go to a private school, what are my rights? I'm not a US citizen. Do I still have the First Amendment right to protest? What happens if I don't want to walk out? Can a teacher join us in the walkout?