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With National School Walkout on Wednesday, State High Students Plan Memorial for Florida School Shooting Victims

by on March 12, 2018 4:50 PM

Wednesday will mark one month since 17 students and faculty were killed in a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., and teachers and students at thousands of schools are expected to take part in a national walkout.

The school walkout, which was initially organized by Empower, the youth initiative of the Women's March, is meant to honor the victims and to call on legislators to pass stricter gun control measures. The walkouts will take place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday and last for 17 minutes.

At State College Area High School, students have worked with administrators to organize a memorial at 10 a.m., during a 25 minute flex period.

Students who choose to participate will gather outside of the school and the names and biographies of the 17 people killed in Parkland will be read. A minute of silence will be followed by a song performed by school choir members.

“As the principal of State High, I support our students’ desires to engage in an important matter within our community and country,” Principal Curtis Johnson said in an email to high school parents. “What we’ve developed together for this Wednesday also embraces respectful student voice, a strategy within our district’s strategic plan. I am proud of our students for proposing and developing this meaningful plan."

Police, teachers, principals, security guards and the high school's resource officer will be provide supervision during the memorial. As an additional security measure, parents, guardians and community members will not be allowed on school grounds to participate.

Students who choose not to participate will remain in their classrooms. They will have the opportunity to write cards to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students or letters to elected officials, if they wish, or they can use the time to study.

The Delta Program will hold a separate memorial at the Fairmount Avenue Building.

According to a district spokesman, high school principals have had conversations with student representatives over the past few weeks about "school safety and their desires for safer schools in our country."

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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