BERKELEY HEIGHT, NJ - Students from Gov. Livingston High School and Columbia Middle School plan to walk out of school on Wednesday, March 14 at 10 a.m. for 17 minutes in solidarity and participate in the nationally planned response to the Parkland, Florida shooting.
According to a letter emailed to parents and guardians from Superintendent of Schools Judith Rattner, the students are working together on activities related to commemorating the students who lost their lives, focusing on improving school safety, and voicing ways to help mitigate school violence. Additionally, students have sold t-shirts with proceeds to be donated to the Parkland March for Our Lives gofundme page.
The students who plan to participate will be in a secure environment and there will be a police presence from officers from the Berkeley Heights and Mountainside Police Departments. School staff will also be present to provide supervision.
The district has required a parent or guardian to submit an electronic form by noon on Tuesday that includes an electronic signature identifying participation or non-participation in the event. Questions should be directed to the school principals.
"Our students continue to impress us with their desire to support the victims of the recent shooting and also their dedication to making a difference so our community is a better place for all of our students. We respect our students and their need for their voices to be heard and encourage them to share their thoughts in a constructive manner," Rattner said in the letter.