Just a month after the tragic Parkland, Fla. school shooting, students around the nation planned to join in a "walk out" to honor the 17 victims from Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School.
However, many school officials have responded with repercussions if any students do participate by exiting their school on March 14th.
The Savannah Chatham County Public School System is one among many in our area that have chosen not to endorse the school "walk out," for safety reasons.
The district released this statement Tuesday:
"In response to the violence in Florida, recent discussions have circulated regarding student activities, including a planned “school walk out.” Events that cause distractions to the overall learning environment or create situations that do not support safety and security are not endorsed by the school district. SCCPSS is not organizing a “walk out”, nor is any school. Any student that seeks to leave campus to participate in civic activities, will be allowed to do so with written permission by his/her parent or legal guardian.
SCCPSS seeks to work with students to support their right of expression in a way that is responsible, safe, and productive. Student and staff safety is paramount as we strive to balance the right of expression with the need to maintain a safe learning environment that is conducive to high quality teaching and learning."
Some schools have opted for modified walk outs instead, like the Beaufort County school district, and instead have opted for other activities to honor those lives lost.
SCCPSS stands firm on their decision to steer clear of the "walk out" scenario asked by the national event, "Enough! National School Walk Out," but encourage schools to participate in their own programs. The district said:
Each SCCPSS school has determined the method of involvement in activities associated with national walkouts based on their own school needs. Some have decided to do nothing special on this day, while four have decided to hold a school assembly; two will engage in special writing activities; and two have decided to hold a special moment of silence. SCCPSS seeks to work with students to support their right of expression in a way that is responsible, safe, and productive.