Woodburn students to join national walkout

11 March, 2018, 01:08 | Author: Gregory Stephens
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Plans to organize a national walkout came from the same motivation, with Wednesday's event scheduled for the one-month anniversary of the shooting in which 17 people were killed.

A number of students at Northampton High School and JFK Middle School will likely participate, according to the city's Superintendent John A. Provost. The principal at the school, Matthew Dick, sent a letter to parents that outlines safety plans for the walkout created to protest violence and honor the victims in Parkland. In a message to families, Superintendent Patrick K. Murphy said the district could not condone weekly or monthly actions but would allow students to participate Wednesday to "convey their feelings on school property and without greatly disrupting the school day".

Teacher Cristina Rivera said the staff and school are supporting the student decision, and believe it to be a good learning experience.

In demanding Congress pass legislation to protect students, they point out that many of those high school students walking out will vote this November, and many others will cast their ballots in 2020. "Students who do not report to the designated area or do not return to school will be considered to be skipping class".

"We don't take a position, we don't take an advocacy role, but we do want to take steps to be sure it's safe and as intended", Liebow said.

"I feel like at some point, (with) enough letters being ignored and nothing changing, there's really nothing left for us to do except to throw a temper tantrum", she told the Review-Journal.

She says students and staff stopped by her classroom during any free time they had to make posters for the video and then last Friday they lined everyone up. "The issue of gun violence has continually been pushed to the side by politicians across the country, so our walkout is an opportunity to show them that students are exhausted of this inaction and lack of a real discussion".

Cara Buchanan, a 15-year-old Gloucester ninth-grader who attends the private, 87-student Academy at Penguin Hall in Wenham, said students at her school are also planning to participate, and school officials have given them a green light - again with an educational twist. Many others were wounded in the shooting. We're hearing some school districts are going to suspend people, which we don't think is fair.

"It's not on my radar", she said Tuesday.

"Students should be able to express themselves based on what's happening in the world and around us", Malay said. "We just need to do a better job in making sure that we're involving them in the conversation, which is critical".

"Last week, RHHS administrators met with Student Council", the email reads.

Several schools are using this type of alternative out of concerns for student safety by keeping associated activities inside school buildings.



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