Harrison HS Students Joining ENOUGH Walkout; L’burg HS Will Hold School Safety Assembly
By Mike Perleberg
William Henry Harrison High School
(Harrison, Oh.) – At least one local high school’s students plan to walk out of class to protest violence in schools Wednesday.
William Henry Harrison High School students are among those participating in the ENOUGH National School Walkout, a nationwide demonstration calling for lawmakers to pass tighter gun laws.
Organizers say the walkout will happen at 10:00 a.m. in every time zone and last 17 minutes, one minute for each person killed one month ago at Marjory Douglas Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida. More than 2,500 walkouts are planned nationwide.
Some students at Harrison High School say they will participate in the walkout. Administrators at Southwest Local School District say the walkout will be handled in a safe manner. Students who part take will be responsible for any work that is missed and will be held to the student code of conduct.
“We want our students to exhibit both strong character and active citizenship, understanding how their efforts can positively impact the local area, our nation and the world. The escalating violence in our nation’s schools needs to be addressed and we respect the rights of our students to participate in those endeavors that bring attention and action to key issues,” Superintendent John Hamstra wrote in a letter to school district parents.
Hamstra said the issue can be very polarizing and urged parents to have a candid conversation with their children.
At Lawrenceburg High School, students are not being permitted to participate in a walkout. However, they have been invited to complete an online survey about school safety. There will also be an assembly featuring a panel of school administrators, students, and law enforcement to discuss ideas.