In response to the Valentine's Day school shooting in South Florida, principals of Lake County’s public middle schools and high schools will each be organizing a group of students at their schools to discuss how the students wish to express themselves in the wake of the tragedy. The goal is to support the students and their collective voice.
“Whatever the students come up with, the idea is for everyone – including teachers -- to be able to participate if they choose to do so,” said Sherri Owens, Lake County Schools Communications Officer.
The National School Walk-Out for students, teachers, parents and others is March 14. It is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. across all times zones in the country and will last for seventeen minutes --one minute for each of the South Florida victims that perished.
The school district is providing students the opportunity to decide how they want to express themselves that day in a manner that allows school officials to maintain accountability for them.
“Some may decide to walk out into a courtyard or field on campus, and that would be included as part of the plan they share with the principal,” said Owens of the students’ potential participation.
The school district already has several letter writing projects underway and banners that have been signed by students to be sent to Broward County to show support.
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