Students from Jefferson Township’s high school and middle school will be joining their peers from across the country on Wednesday to remember those murdered in Parkland, Florida last month.

In the wake of the Parkland shooting, students across the country are organizing events to participate in National School Walkout Day on March 14, exactly one month after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Led and organized by student leaders in coordination with the administration, Jefferson’s middle and high school students will be joining in this movement. The walkout will begin at 10 a.m. and last 17 minutes, one minute for each of the victims in Parkland.

At the high school, students will be called down to the gymnasium a few minutes prior to 10 am. Students may voluntarily join the event, but must stay in the gymnasium. Any students who don’t want to participate must stay in their classrooms under teacher supervision. 

In the gymnasium, students will be able to sign a large banner with the slogan “We Stand with You” that will be sent to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School at the end of the event. During the event, the names of the 17 victims will be read aloud. There will also be a moment of silence, a trumpet playing in memory of the victims, and student speeches that have been approved by the administration.

Following the 17-minute walkout, students will return to their respective classrooms. 

In a letter distributed by the principal of Jefferson Township High School, Dr. Timothy Plotts, he made clear that the “movement by students is meant to be peaceful as students show their support for the victims and their families in Parkland as well as help to bring increased attention to school violence within our country. This walkout event is not deemed a political event by any means.”

One of the student organizers, Cara Langner, spoke on the event, stating, “I think that while walking out and doing a moment of silence for the victims of the shooting is important, it is also important that we speak up about this issue and discuss with our peers what is going on today and how we can make a change.”

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