Student Walkout 3-14-18 Information

Student Walkout 3/14/18

Many are aware of the national events surrounding a planned school walkout on March 14.  Some of our WHS students are planning a walkout on March 14 at 10 am for 17 minutes to honor the victims of the Parkland shooting and to stand up for student safety.  Our student government wants everyone to know that this event is for the purpose of togetherness and unity.  It is not any indication of a particular political view. 

Here is the message from student government. 

If you turn on the news, you will see that school safety has become the hottest topic now more than ever. Many of us at Wooster High School have asked what we can do to take action.  

As many of you have heard, there is a National School Walkout Day scheduled for Wednesday, March 14th. Schools all across the U.S. will be participating in this. Because of the high level of interest that students have expressed in walking, we have partnered with administration to create a plan so that us as students can walk if we choose to.

We want to make it clear that the purpose of this walk is to show that we as students are unified in the right to feel safe at school. This is not a political protest, but instead a peaceful march of solidarity. We will follow the agenda that schools across the nation are doing—the march will be from 10:00 AM – 10:17 AM in honor of the 17 victims from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. Students will meet in the front outside by the flag pole and will be led in the march by a student leader. Students will then march around the high school and come back in at 10:17 AM to return to their 3rd period class.

There will be staff and police outside patrolling the building to make sure that all students are following the walkout protocol and are safe. If students do not follow the walkout protocol, there will be consequences. We want to make sure that students who have a passionate interest in walking for the purpose of school safety are involved. 

For the rest of this week, there will be poster boards and notecards at a table in the commons where students can create posters for the march. These posters will be hung up on our walls, used for the march, and hung back up on the walls when we are done.

This is not a mandatory walk and those who do not want to walk do not need to. However, if you would still like to do something to honor the 17 Florida victims, take the advice of another student and make 17 positive differences in our school. This can be smiling at someone you normally wouldn’t smile at, saying something kind to someone, offering someone who is alone at lunch to sit with you, or showing kindness to someone who might not have any friends.

At the end of the day, we all want the same goals: to be safe and to feel important. If we all make one step in the right direction to reach those goals, then we are doing our part in making this world and this school a better place.

 

Conversations with student leaders have taken place during the past week and have been very productive.  Our students want to do something to support the students from Parkland and around the United States.  This is a message of unity and solidarity.  The intent of this walkout is to be peaceful and a show of unity. 

To ensure as safe a walkout as possible, WHS administration will help facilitate some of the logistics of the event. Here are a few of the frequently asked questions. 

  • What will happen during the walkout?
    • Students will exit the front of the building at 10 am, gather briefly by the flagpole, then march around the building in a clockwise fashion, coming back into the school in the front doors.  The front loop will be blocked off at this time. 
  • Are you allowing parents and others onto your site join the walkout?
    • In the name of safety, this will only be a Wooster High School student event. ​
  • What if others come to counter-protest?
    • Wooster Police will have a presence on the east and wide side of the High School.  Our school resource officer and other teachers will also be with the students during the march.
  • What supervision will there be for those not engaging in the planned walkout?
    • Staff will be with students, both those that are walking and those that are in the building.  Coordination will take place to have supervision for those in the building as well as outside.
  • Have you coordinated with Wooster PD?
    • Wooster Police will not allow anyone to come on property starting at 9:30 am until the conclusion of the march. 
  • What communication(s) have there been with faculty/staff?​
    • Staff is aware of the walkout and will be kept abreast of any changes.  Classes will continue as normal as possible during the walkout. 

 

Any Wooster City School employee walking out or staying in the school is not an indication of support of any particular view.   Employee participation during this walkout is only concerned with keeping all our students as safe as possible during the event- not an adherence or show of support to one political view or another.