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Many local school districts opposed to walkout, offer other solutions

This Wednesday, students across the nation are expected to walk out of class for 17 minutes.

Posted: Mar. 12, 2018 11:18 PM

WABASH VALLEY (WTHI) - This Wednesday, students across the nation are expected to walk out of class for 17 minutes.

Organizers of the walkout say it is to honor the 17 people killed at Stoneman Douglas High School last month.

Dear NESC Family,

The recent tragic event at a Florida high school has sparked a national outcry for school violence to end. Several scheduled national, student protests against school violence have been organized. The first protest or demonstration is scheduled for this Wednesday. The protest calls for students to walkout of school at 10:00. The walkout is a call to Congress to pass legislation to keep us safe from gun violence at out (SIC) schools, on our streets and in our homes and places of worship. The National School Walkout will last 17 minutes to honor the 17 students and staff memebers (SIC) killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14, 2018.

The Northeast School Corporaiton (SIC) agrees and supports this message. One life lost at school is one life too many. However, we do not support the walking out of school. Therefore, on Wednesday, March 14th, at 10 AM, middle school and high school students will have the opportunity to gather and "walk-in" to their gym to safely and peacefully express their solidarity for this movement. The North Central High School Peer Leaders and the Northeast Middle School Student Council will be leading these demonstrations at their respective shools (SIC). Your middle school and/or high school child is welcome to participate if they would like or they may remain in their classroom. No one participating in the school sanctioned demonstration in the gym will be counted absent from class. Once the demonstration is over, we will return to class and continue through the day. School counselors and support personnel will be on site to talk to students afterwards if there are any concerns. The Northeast School Corporation, school board, administration, faculty and staff supports and appreciates these student groups for leading this demonstration. If you any questions, please contact your child's school principal.

Thank you,

Mark Baker, NESC Supt.

Many students in the Wabash Valley are planning to do the same thing.

Dr. Mark Baker, the superintendent of the Northeast School Corporation sent a letter home to parents saying he is in full support of Florida and the shooting victims.

He added the district will not support a walkout.

Instead, students will be able to walk to their school's gym to peacefully protest if they choose.

After the protest, the school day will resume as normal.

Other local school districts are offering similar options.

News 10 has learned several students are not in favor of plans like these across the Wabash Valley.

We spoke with several of those students and will have their side on Tuesday.

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