Local Schools Prepare for National School Walkout Day

March 13, 2018 08:16 PM

(ABC 6 News) --   Wednesday marks one month since the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

And students nationwide are planning to remember the victims on "National School walkout day."


Byron Schools Superintendent Joey Page says they plan to deal with local walkouts in an organized way, "Students have come forward to let us know that they were thinking about this."

A similar one was held last month, where Mayo high schoolers, in Rochester, honored the 17 killed in Florida. 

Meanwhile, St. Charles Principal Ben Bernard says students at his school are also observing the walkout, but in a different way.

"What they've kinda decided to do here is do the 17 seconds of silence and then have kind of an awareness of 17 acts of kindness,” said Bernard.

From the schools that returned our calls, Byron, St. Charles and Pine Island schools will not punish students who walk out.

"Learning experiences come in many forms here at school. Just because a student wants to bring awareness to something doesn't mean it needs to be punished if they walk out of the building on something like that," said Bernard.  

However, others like Kingsland in Spring Valley and Triton in Dodge Center say if students decide to leave class they will be given an unexcused absence, which could lead to other consequences.

Still, most schools agree they want to use this time as a teaching moment.

"They're taking it seriously and it's given us an opportunity you know as an administrative team, I think as a community and perhaps in the home you know to have conversations,” said Page.

Most local schools say they plan for students to rally around 10 or 10:30 Wednesday morning.   


Roxanne Elias

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