Students Participate in National School Walkout

Students Participate in National School Walkout
Photo of students at Pascack Valley High School during the National School Walkout on March 14 2018

In the weeks following the tragedy in Parkland, the group “Women’s March Youth EMPOWER” has organized a National School Walkout, honoring the victims and bringing attention to gun violence in America.  The walkout was scheduled to take place on March 14th at 10am in each time zone and was scheduled to last 17 minutes, honoring the 17 victims of the Stoneman Douglas school shooting.  The group encouraged students and teachers to participate in the event.

Photo of students gathered in parking lot of Pascack Hills on National School Walkout Day

Photo of Pascack Hills students gathered in parking lot on National School Walkout Day

In our district, students from Pascack Hills High School and Pascack Valley High School requested to organize an event for their respective school during the national school walkout.  Our district administration did not encourage nor did we dissuade students from organizing such an event; however, we supported their effort to ensure the walkout was safe and peaceful.  Prior to the event, principals from each school sent parents an email providing information on the students’ plan, and noting we would have police presence on each campus to assure security.


Photo of Pascack Valley students gathered on National School Walkout Day
Photo of Pascack Valley students on National School Walkout day

Students used the walkout as a platform to respectfully share their concerns and viewpoints regarding one of the nation's largest issues.  While it is unfortunate that our students are in a situation where they have these concerns, we are proud of the intelligence, respect, and social awareness they have demonstrated in the aftermath of the Parkland tragedy.  We will continue to provide the appropriate supports to our students and families who are mourning and struggling with such events.


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