As you may know, a tragic mass shooting occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14. This event has garnered much national attention with many schools seeing an increase in “pop-up” student walk out events during the school day.
One event, called “March for Our Lives” is scheduled to occur nationwide on Wednesday, March 14 at 10 AM and will last for 17 minutes, one minute for each of the individuals who died in Florida.
Educators, talk to your student leaders, district officials and local law enforcement officials. Encourage your students, those who have expressed an interest in participating in the nationwide event, to learn to use their voices in a safe and positive way. Students should have the opportunity, if they choose to do so, to walk out of class and meet in a safe environment. Some areas of the nation may be too cold or dealing with weather related events, so offer them the auditorium, cafeteria or gym. If your school population is too large, split these areas up by class.
Provide ample supervision of all students. Some may want to create banners or write a message of support to the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Offer them guidance and suggest appropriate messaging if they ask you for help. Look at this event as an opportunity to allow them to express themselves by writing and/or sharing their thoughts with the class.
Parents, please take a moment to discuss the planned student walkout with your child. It is important that students show appropriate behavior during this event and understand the reasoning behind the walk-out. Most importantly, it’s not just an opportunity to miss valuable class time.
Thank you for offering your students support and helping them to learn to use their voice as their power.
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