School Walkouts Planned for Friday
Students are expected to walk out of classes across the nation today. The walkout is set for 10am to mark the 19th year since the Columbine High School massacre.
More than 2 thousand events are planned across the nation. KEEL News asked local superintendents if anything is scheduled locally. We got this message from Caddo school leaders:
Our principals are not aware of any student intentions locally to participate in the national walkout. Many of our campuses are in the midst of state testing and that is where many students are focusing at this time. If students were to walk out, which we did see back in March, we would continue to support their First Amendment right to free speech while allowing them to express themselves in a safe manner.
Bossier Superintendent Scott Smith tells KEEL:
I believe the core issue we are dealing with is school safety, that the Bossier School Board is addressing like no other system I know of. We are adding SROs so that every high school with over 500 students will have a minimum of 2 SROs, while our largest high school, Airline, will have 3 SROs. As a result, in Bossier Schools, we feel like there is nothing to protest. We will have school as usual; teachers will teach and students will learn. There will be no excused absence for such protests.
More than 2,300 events are planned for the National School Walkout, the latest mass protest organized by a student-led gun-control movement that started after a Valentine's Day shooting in Florida that left 17 people dead.
Connecticut high school student Lane Murdock started planning the walkouts the day of the Florida shooting. ,She says she hopes this walkout will rejuvenate the #NeverAgain movement and continue the discussion about gun-control measures.
The walkouts are scheduled to start at 10 a.m., and students will take 13 seconds to honor the 13 killed at Columbine High School in 1999.