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National School Walkout

posted Mar 15, 2018, 7:14 AM by Kelly Johnston
On Wednesday, March 14, at 10 a.m., a 17-minute National School Walkout was called in response to the tragic shootings at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. Because the Scarborough Public Schools were closed yesterday due to the weather, Scarborough middles school students will be engaging in a kindness activity today, March 15th, the high school is planning activities for Friday, March 16th. Similarly, next week, Wentworth students will participate in a subtle, age-appropriate tribute to the 17 lives lost in Florida while affording students the opportunity to contribute positively to their school community.

The Scarborough Public Schools has chosen to allow age-appropriate, student-led activities to be held during the school day. Students have communicated their desires to create a peaceful statement against gun violence and our school administrators have assisted in organizing safe participation for those who would like to be involved and alternative activities for those who do not wish to participate. This will be an opportunity for all students to express their views on the subject of school safety, in a peaceful and orderly manner without disrupting the school day. No students will be pressured by the schools to participate if they choose not to or to support a particular point of view. We are proud that our students are passionate about advocating for their beliefs. They have a powerful voice that can effect change, and it is our role as educators to support them as they learn to apply democratic principles.

On Monday, March 12, 2018, a letter was shared with all of our families discussing the district’s decision regarding the walkout. The letter was emailed directly to all families and can be read HERE.