It is a nationwide effort for students to reflect and protest against gun violence, coming right after the Parkland school shooting back in February. This Wednesday will mark the one month anniversary of the shooting where 17 lives were lost.
School officials are encouraging students to participate in the National Walkout Day. They are also implementing creative ways to get their students involved without necessarily having to step out of the classroom.
There will be seventeen minutes dedicated for seventeen lives. It will be how students from coast to coast plan to honor and remember the lives lost at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. On March 14th, school officials in Owensboro and Vanderburgh County are giving high school students the choice to voice their concerns about gun violence . Jason Woebkenberg with the EVSC says, “It’s a short period of time that happens to be during our enrichment periods here in our high schools in the EVSC. So it’s a period for those seventeen minutes schools and students have been working together to create a plan where students can express themselves that people need to listen.”
Through open discussions and creative activities, students in several high schools plan to read off names of the Parkland shooting victims and decorate sidewalks with messages of unity and peace. Woebkenberg says, “We decided to go down the path of creating a t-shirt asking for unity and asking for peace and selling those and then sending the proceeds down to Marshall County, Kentucky.”
Jared Revlett with the Owensboro school district says the principal of Owensboro High School is on board with the decision to have students involved in this show of solidarity. Revlett also says parents should not have to worry about the lack of law enforcement on the National Walkout Day. Revlett explains, “Our high school has been working with you know the students have been working with the principal and local law enforcement just to make sure everything is in place so they are safe when they leave the building.”
Vanderburgh county will also have law enforcement present around its high schools on National Walkout Day.