Clark High School Students Plan Assembly Instead of Walk Out at March 14 #ENOUGH Event


CLARK, NJ — Students at Arthur L. Johnson High School are participating in a student-driven assembly on March 14 the one-month anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida according to a letter from school principal Jennifer Feeley.

The Women’s March Youth Empower is encouraging students, teachers, parents and allies across the country to walk out of schools in support of new gun control-related legislation during the #ENOUGH event. 

The nationwide walkout is planned for 10 a.m. across all time zones. Participants are asked to leave their classrooms for 17 minutes, which represents one minute for each person who died in Parkland, FL, on Valentine’s Day last week.

Sign Up for E-News

According to a letter from ALJ’s principal Jennifer Feeley the students at ALJ decided not to walk out of the school but to hold the event inside the school as an assembly instead.   “Students have decided to assemble in the school building for their own safety during their activity periods three and four for 17 minutes,” said Feeley.  

The letter did warn of ramifications if students gathered or walked out at other times.   “If students walk out of the building or choose to assemble during a different time than the scheduled event, disciplinary action will occur,” said Feeley.  

The letter from Feeley was sent to parents and guardians via email.  It was not met with agreement in all cases.   “I’m guessing the schools greatly influenced the design of this event.  I can’t believe the students chose to hold an assembly instead of going outside.    There is a reason the event is calling for students to walk out of their schools.  It’s supposed to be a protest and make a statement to leaders.  I think these kids were told it’s inside or nothing,” said one parent that requested not to be identified.  

Superintendent Ed Grande supported the idea of ALJ students getting involved in this civic movement and spoke about the decision not to back an outdoor event.   "Mrs. Feeley, the ALJ Principal, worked with the students to provide a means for them to assemble while maintaining the ever important need for strong school security.  We chose not to support a gathering outside of the building at a set time due to the safety risks associated with such an approach," said Grande.

Feeley’s letter continued to explain that no instructional time would be lost during this time since the school has a built-in activity period which allows for this event in the regularly scheduled day.

---------------  is Clark’s official electronic news source and the only free daily paper. 

Sign up for our free daily enews.

Download the TAPinto App!   Click here for Android.  Click here for iOS

Editor's note:  This story was edited after initial publication to include a quote from Superintendent Ed Grande.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Clark Board of Education’s Showcase of Success

April 24, 2018

CLARK, NJ -          The Clark Board of Education celebrated the achievements of students and teachers at its Showcase of Success. The Governor’s Educators of the Year were recognized for educational excellence and their commitment to student learning. The Governor’s Educators of the Year Program recognizes “educational innovation, ...

Politics IS Government in Union County

April 21, 2018

After Bruce Patrson of Garwood was stopped from speaking at the Union County freeholder meeting of March 22 regarding the politics behind refusing to give the party line to a sitting freeholder I thought this brazen suppression of free speech could not go unanswered. At the the April 19 meeting I answered with these comments.

After ten years of following government in Union County I conclude ...


Jun 29, 1927 - Apr 23, 2018
Margaret (Peggy) Kirk Leonard passed away Monday, April 23rd, surrounded by her loved ones. Peggy ...
Read more