Student-Led Peaceful School Walkout at SHHS

Student-Led Peaceful School Walkout at SHHS
Posted on 03/05/2018
Student-Led Peaceful School Walkout at SHHS

SOUTH HAVEN, MI -The recent tragedy in Parkland, Florida and other losses of life on school campuses across the nation over the past several years have driven an increased interest in student-led civic engagement efforts and actions, including the idea of school walkouts. It was recently brought to administrators’ attention that a group of students were interested in hosting a student-led walkout at South Haven High School. SHPS supports students’ Constitutional rights to peaceful assembly and free expression. The district’s goal in responding to walkout plans and other forms of peaceful assembly is to keep the focus on teaching and learning while providing guidance and planning to support student and staff safety.

It is for this reason that student leaders and the South Haven High School administration came together to develop an agenda for a student-led, peaceful protest on campus in response to school safety issues plaguing schools across the nation. Administration and students agreed that the event would take place on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 12:35 PM. The walkout lasted for 17 minutes in solidarity of the 17 victims in the Parkland, Florida school incident.

After 17 minutes, students peacefully moved to the gymnasium where South Haven High School Principal, Jerome Sardina, held a brief assembly to discuss school safety measures specific to South Haven High School and the continued efforts to improve safety district wide. At the conclusion of the assembly, students returned to class and continued with the normally scheduled school day.

At South Haven Public Schools, we understand that our students may be feeling a variety of emotions including anxiety, fear, and even anger surrounding any number of issues facing schools today. “We respect the right of our students to advocate for causes that are important to them and support their efforts to do so in an authorized and orderly manner with minimal disruption to the learning environment while at school . We’d like to thank our students for the way they have handled themselves during this time, and for their coordinated efforts in working with school administration so their civic voices could be heard,” said South Haven High School Principal, Jerome Sardina.

Please contact Mr. Sardina, Principal of South Haven School with any questions at (269) 637-0502.


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