HACKENSACK, NJ -- Tomorrow marks National Walkout Day throughout the country and but Hackensack High School students will not be participating. After originally planning to allow mass walkouts, the Hackensack School District canceled the walkout, amid security threats. A statement from Acting Superintendent of Schools Rosemary Marks and Assistant Superintendent Andrea Parchment reads:
"Dear Hackensack School Community,
In response to security concerns brought to the attention of Administration at Hackensack High School earlier today, Tuesday, March 13, the walk-out planned for tomorrow has been canceled. Instead, student organizers will share a presentation in support of the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas H.S. in Parkland, Florida, that will be streamed to all classrooms via the school TV Studio.
The safety of all students and staff is a critical priority. Any potential threat is taken very seriously. As a precautionary measure and to reassure students and staff, there will be an increased police presence at HHS tomorrow, Wednesday, March 14. We ask all parents/guardians and community members that when you "see something" or "hear something" that concerns you, you need to "SAY SOMETHING."
Organized primarily by young people working with Women’s March Youth Emperor, the national protest was inspired by the mass shooting in Parkland, Fla. on Feb. 14 that claimed 17 lives. The goals of the demonstration are:
- A ban on assault weapons
- Universal background checks before all gun sales
- A gun violence restraining order law that wold allow courts to disarm people who display warning signs of violent behavior
According to organizers’ website, more than 2,500 walkouts are planned nationwide and participants are encouraged to wear orange, a color used by many who support gun control, in solidarity.
The Parkland students have also organized March For Our Lives on Saturday, March 24, which will take place in Washington, D.C. and around the globe at sister marches.