Beaufort County School District plans for Wednesday's school walkout
As the one month anniversary of the Parkland, Fla. shooting approaches, students around the nation prepare to let their voices be heard by participating in the ENOUGH National School Walkout.
The walkout is planned for March 14, and asks students to walk out of their school buildings at 10 a.m. for 17 minutes, one for each Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School victim.
However, Beaufort County District high schools have planned their own activities, in partnership with students and school administrators
During student lunch periods, Battery Creek High will have a school-wide PA reading of the names of all 17 victims and students will able to write sympathy messages to victims’ families as well as letters to lawmakers.
Beaufort High students will gather in the gym at 10 a.m. where will be 17 empty chairs, and students will read personal messages about each victim.
Bluffton High School Students will be able to walk into the hall at 10 a.m. for a brief moment of silence, then go back into classrooms and write messages on sticky notes that they can place on the atrium wall during their lunch periods. After leaving the notes on the wall for other students to read, school administration will sort the notes and mail them appropriately.
Hilton Head Island High students designed T-shirts with the Parkland High School’s logo that will be distributed to students on Tuesday and at 10 a.m. via the school’s PA system, students will read memorial statements they’ve written about each of the 17 victims. During lunch, students will be able to send messages to state and federal lawmakers.
At Islands Academy, students will wear the Parkland High School’s colors to a 17-minute event in the gym that includes a reading of victims’ names.
Students at May River High School who want to participate will be allowed to step into the halls at 10 a.m. and link arms during a school-wide “walk-in assembly” over the school’s PA system. Students will be allowed to wear burgundy, the school color of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High.
Whale Branch Early College High School students have proposed a 10 a.m. “walk-in” that will include writing notes to post on the school’s atrium walls.
If students still wish to participate in the original national walkout, parents can sign them out the same as any other school day. If the students leave without being signed out, they will face consequences in accordance with the school's code of conduct.
In a release, the Director of Communications for Beaufort County Schools Jim Foster said, "Schools are responsible for student safety and would find it difficult to effectively monitor students who leave school buildings during the instructional day. There’s also the potential danger involved in having a large group of students exit a school building at a pre-set time, something that might expose them to harm from an intruder on school grounds."