Students across Northwest Florida are preparing to participate in #ENOUGH National School Walkout Wednesday to protest gun violence and honor the 17 people killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.

In Okaloosa County, School District Superintendent Mary Beth Jackson sent high school and middle school students home with permission slips March 7 so they too could participate in the walkout.

The #ENOUGH National School Walkout is organized by the Women's March Youth Empower and, according to the website, is led by youth in every participating school.

Jackson, though, called the event "Students Stand for Safety." She said in the permission slip that the district's walkout is not a protest but "rather it is an opportunity to reflect and for all to show unity supporting school safety. ... The position of leaders across our county is that student safety should always be a top priority."

Michele Nicholson, spokeswoman for the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, said the Sheriff's Office will place additional security for the event. Local police departments will also be assisting the Sheriff's Office at some schools within municipalities.

The walkout is scheduled to last for 17 minutes, to honor the 17 students and faculty killed during the Feb. 14 shooting.

Walton County School District Superintendent Russell Hughes said he is speaking with his principals to develop a plan if students decided to participate in the protest on Wednesday. Hughes said, as of Friday, he had not heard of participation requests.

Bill Emerson, Santa Rosa School District's assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, said Pace High School is participating in the event with an indoor memorial for the 17 victims. He said Navarre High School also held a memorial one week after the tragedy.

Not all parents, however, support students leaving class to participate in the 10 a.m. protest. Andrew Rencich, whose 14-year-old daughter attends Crestview High School, wrote "Hell No..." on his daughter's permission slip where it requested a parent signature.

"In my view, kids are being used for a political theater," Rencich said. "I want people to be able to speak their minds freely. I just don't want to see the youth manipulated.

"The taxpayers pay to send their kids to school to learn. This is an extracurricular activity and there are other ways to honor the event (Parkland shooting)."

Erika Scannell, parent of two students at Destin Middle School, agreed. Scannell said she teaches her children to respect the school and its rules, which is to attend class.

"Instead of letting the kids walk out, why not have a moment of silent but leave them in the classroom?" she asked. "This shooting happened at school dismissal when the kids were walking out of class. And now they're asking our students to walk out of class?"

Just like Santa Rosa County, not all Okaloosa County schools will have a literal "walkout." Lee Hale, principal at Choctawhatchee High School, said his school will show a 17-minute slideshow in the gymnasium honoring the victims.

Also on Wednesday, Jackson, the Sheriff's Office and student government leaders from each Okaloosa County high school will attend a Student Leadership Safety Summit.

The Safety Summit, according to Jackson, is to obtain different perspectives on a range of safety issues and share some of the most recent changes to be implemented in schools.