Students across the country will walk out of their classrooms today, showing a united front around the topics of gun violence and school safety. School districts have a variety of plans in place for the National School Walkout which comes in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida – a shooting that left 17 people dead. The national walkout is planned for 10 am EST to honor and support Parkland victims and raise awareness for gun violence and school safety.
In Grundy County, school officials are unaware of any planned walkout. Director of Schools Jessie Kinsey made the following statement:
“We are aware of a publicized walkouts planned over the next few months. We have not been made aware of any Grundy County students who plan on participating. We respect and support the right of our students to advocate for causes that are important to them and welcome the opportunity to work with any student or student group to discuss appropriate and creative ways to do so while at school.”
Her statement reflects the statements issued from many other districts. For example, Hamilton County does not endorse the walkout, but say they understand the significance of the walkout and the importance of students’ voices being heard.
Colleges have also made their opinions known, with many letting prospective students know that any punishment resulting from walking out of school on March 14 will not impact their college admission.