RANDOLPH, NJ - Students who wish to voice their opinions on gun violence required permission slips to take part in a walkout for 17 minutes during the school day. With security as a top concern, Randolph High School and Middle School will be closed to all visitors during that time.
This national school walkout comes one month after the shooting in Parkland, Fla., and recognizes the 17 lives lost on Feb 14, 2018.
“We are not safe at school. We are not safe in our cities and towns,” reads the website for the #ENOUGH: National School Walkout. “Congress must take meaningful action to keep us safe and pass federal gun reform legislation that addresses this public health crisis.”
According to the website, “Our elected officials must do more than tweet thoughts and prayers in response to this violence.”
Any students participating in the “walkout” will be directed to designated spaces within the building, allowing for better security and maintenance of the regular school schedule.
Student Council Representative Evan Poles explained that students on the different floors of the buildings would be directed to separate areas, “where they could stand in silence and speak their minds, do whatever they feel they need to do for those 17 minutes and pay their respects to the victims of that atrocious event.”
Students without permission slips to participate in the “walkout” will remain in the classrooms with teachers. The building principals chose to “partner with parents… in order to maximize our ability to plan for additional security measures,” added Superintendent Jenn Fano.
“We anticipate some students will choose to exercise their right to peacefully demonstrate,” Fano said. “As a school district, we will not take a stance on matters of political debate.”
“I think that the fact that this is student led and student creating really is a great thing because it shows that there is a voice in the school,” Poles concluded. “There are always people who want to make a difference and have a passion to make a difference.”