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Middle School Students Walk Out to Honor Victims of Valentine’s Day Massacre

SPRING HILL – Dozens of middle school students held a peaceful protest this morning in honor of the 17 victims who died during the Valentine’s Day Massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Several students at Powell Middle School located 4100 Barclay Ave walked out at 9:25 a.m. and stood by the Flag Pole for 17 minutes before returning back to class.

Students released balloons and chanted for several minutes, but the last two minutes of the demonstration was held in complete silence.

A notice is posted on the school’s website that reads: To honor the victims of the tragedy that occurred at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida we will be holding a volunteer walk out on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. At 9:25 students will be instructed that they may leave their 1st period class and will be directed to a designated area on our campus. This area will be supervised by staff as the safety of students is our utmost concern. Any child that chooses not to participate, will remain in their 1st period class until the end of the period. Thank you for your help and support with this event.

I spoke briefly to Principal Tom Dye who said, “The students filled out petitions to organize the event and we allowed the activity to take place.” I asked Dye how many students were absent in protest of the walk out, but he wasn’t able to provide those numbers at this time.

There were several local and state law enforcement officers on hand to provide security for the event.

Not everyone supported the walk out and there are reports that some parents refused to allow their children to attend school today.

Christopher Placona says, “I would suspend every kid that walked out today or any other day. My kids go to Nature Coast HS.  I Heard they are planning a walk out too.”

Hernando County School Board Spokesperson Karen Jordan said, “I was not aware of a walkout at Powell. I have no information regarding any others.”

RNRF has received several viewer tips of upcoming walk outs to be held at Springstead High School and Weeki Wachee High School. There are unconfirmed reports that a walk out occurred at Nature Coast Technical High School or is planned for later today or this week.

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  • Easy fix for all saying no threats,Call the sheriffs office … its PUBLIC information . If you don’t have kids at that school shut the hell up . You have no reason to care about anything but your own political point of view . Fact is PARENTS have the RIGHT to protect their kid so PARENTS have the right to be truthfully informed and if something had happened all you’d hear from administration or the school board is no comment see my lawyer.

    Thursday, 1 March 2018, 4:13 pm
    • You can thank phil to for posting the original rumor on the powell parent page which he knew to be unfounded and then back-tracked. (Who runs that page? School says they dont run the page!) Then you can thank the other ignorant social media crazed parents who need to get jobs for reposting that rumor. Finally, you can thank those same ignorant parents who have no control of their children for allowing them to copy, paste, and put on their social media to allow the rumor to spread. Schools are damned if they do and damned if they don’t. Don’t investigate, kids could be harmed, do investigate, get slammed from parents and community. Make it mandatory to walk out to flag pole, my child is missing learning time. Make it voluntary, organized, and supervised you people piss about that. I’m with Get a Grip. Get. A. Grip. For those of you who kept your kids out of school, guess what? Your child missed learning time. My kids went to honor the victims, thete was no chanting. It was a moving experience for them and I thank administration for allowing more police presence to make sure things were controlled- they are already safe. My daughter said, no backpacks were allowed, her brother agreed- great move Powell admin. All of the complaining parents seem self entitled. Be a part of your child’s life & you will see that this school is one of the best in this county. If you don’t like it, you can home school. Good luck

      Saturday, 3 March 2018, 8:17 am
  • Most of you are out of your flipping minds. It was 17 minutes!!!!! they lost school time, walk out, protest, political bull crap. why go out side its dangerous. these same kids walk home. its over with , let it go.
    All of you posting and whining your the reason we need to provide safe places , comfort animals, grief counselors, to these kids, that probably would have forgotten all about it if it wasn’t thrown in there faces every ten minutes or so.
    The so called adults are the ones that need to grow up here. I have just spent the last 1/2 hour or so reading all the complaints and other crap from these so called concerned parents.
    As far as i can see, nothing was politically motivated or the whole school board, the sheriff, county commissioners, would have all been there and turned this peaceful show of respect into a circus..
    Why go out in the front of the school, BECAUSE THAT’S WHERE THE FLIPPING FLAG IS.
    Did it ever occur to any of you, that rumor was started by someone who didn’t like this idea?.
    Expel all the kids that took part now that’s a really great idea. you dumb a**. how many parents would that put out of work because now they have to stay home a watch these kids because they took 17 minutes out of a 7 or so hour day to show respect to some other kids that they don;t even know..
    If you showed as much concern about what your kids were doing when its your turn to watch them maybe just maybe these horrible school shootings wouldn’t take place ……. As often.
    Just my 2 cents..

    Thursday, 1 March 2018, 10:39 am
  • What is wrong with some of you? Does it really matter what it was called? The point is, there are a lot of kids across the country leaving class and “walking out” to protest gun violence. Why are they doing that? Because while us adults argue over all of this political stuff, nothing is being done to at least try and prevent it. Democrat, Republican, Trump, Obama, Bush, Clinton……nothing is done and not only are our kids being killed, but also spouses, mothers, fathers, concert goers, church folks, babies, etc. So yes, standing up for what we believe in is our constitutional right. There are also plenty of people who walk out of their job and don’t get fired, it’s called a strike. The fact is, if the school administration did nothing or tried to prevent the “walk out’, some kids still would have done it and they would have been in the same danger as some of you describe. Also, those same kids who you want to be suspended for “walking out” would have lost a lot more than 17 minutes of education. Instead, the administration took control of the situation, they took the political agenda out of all of this and they used this as an opportunity for teaching respect by honoring victims. I am sure that a lot of kids wanted to use this as just an opportunity to get out of class and hang out with friends, but I guarantee that while some of them walked out to that field with that intention, they also walked off the field with a little more insight of respect. Teaching is not just about math, science, etc. How is that bad?

    Thursday, 1 March 2018, 9:47 am
  • Thank you for the compliment. I would rather be an idiot in your eyes then to be an idiot to everyone around me. I’m guessing you’re one of the parents I was talking about. It appears you have a lack of respect for authority and no desire to help improve the life of kids nowadays. let’s just let them keep making their own decisions. Parents weren’t put here to teach them apparently. Do you kiss your children with that filthy mouth?

    Thursday, 1 March 2018, 9:27 am
    • That reply was for morons run rampant.

      Thursday, 1 March 2018, 9:29 am
  • When I read these comments, all I hear is “Kids these days…”

    Thursday, 1 March 2018, 8:18 am
  • Sad our kids have to think about this ….

    The definition of dumb is unwilling to hear speak or in the alternative intellectually lesser . Beginning a statement with an insult is sometimes a sign or symptom of being dumb or uneducated about a subject . Clearly anyone that has something to say here it’s not keeping silent however you seem to be unwilling to hear . I think people who have children in that school have the right to say that they are unhappy about being unaware of exactly what this was . people here who are defending it are calling it a remembrance however the school called it a walk out. We must ask ourselves why was it given his name by admin?perhaps that was what started the confusion and maybe that did have some political intent behind the name when it should not have. If students want to remember those kids should have been called a remembrance and it shouldn’t have been done outside in front of the school.

    I guess the biggest thing here and the biggest thing we all are trying to accomplish is to make sure our kids are safe when they go to school and whatever way that can be done that’s what needs to be done regardless of your view on anything else I don’t think there is a single person that wants to see anything happen to another the child.

    Thursday, 1 March 2018, 8:01 am
  • Ive never seen so many morons in the same place(this comment thread) the kids planned this…..there are 30 times more kids then adults, i dont care how young they are they will do what they want when they all come together…..props to the school for taking action and making it peaceful and getting MULTIPLE OFFICERS on site for security… dude talking about expelling the students 😂😂😂😂 …..wasnt the broward county shooter an expelled student? So ask yourself “is expelling all these students over respecting victims a shooting incident probley the smartest thing that could of came off the tip of my fingers”
    You dumb shits are literally acting like the schools never even have fire drills or bomb threats……they leave class all the time

    Thursday, 1 March 2018, 1:05 am


      None of these parents are upset that they left class for 17 minutes parents are upset because children were threatened and were not told , idiots like you are the reason kids end up hurt. And the point on the kids outnumber that the adults what kind of a ridiculous moronic statement is that it’s a school and the only way our kids learn is if there’s order provided by the adults …….genius . The school did not secure officers, officers had to go because of all these people saying all these terrible things. The entire thing was unnecessary and if they wanted to remember the students they could’ve had something in the gym or the cafeteria not displayed in front of the whole world which is why everyone knows it’s a political statement and Anyone that thinks otherwise is so naïve that they need a real lesson in reality .

      You probably don’t even have a kid in that school so of course you don’t care.

      Thursday, 1 March 2018, 7:37 am
    • Hey you you’re dumb ,You said “there are 30 times more kids then adults, i dont care how young they are they will do what they want when they all come together….” And therein lies the problem. Students have no respect for authority. But judging by some of the comments on here they learned it from their parents. It gives meaning to the old adage, it’s not what you say, it’s how you say it. Thereby it is not what you do but how you do it. This was not the proper way to hold a remembrance. This was a staged walkout. If they wanted to have a moment of silence they could have had it in their classroom with all of them sitting quietly at their desk or standing quietly.

      Thursday, 1 March 2018, 9:22 am
  • And if the school refused to let the kids walk out then I’m sure you same people complaining now, would be complaining about that too…

    Thursday, 1 March 2018, 12:28 am
  • I can’t believe the school posted this on the FB page.

    Stop coddling kids.  Teach them to respect and have good work ethic.  I’m  tired of this bunch of whiney babies.  Wake up parents. Stop pandering to your kids.  Stop plopping them in front of tv’s, video games, etc.

    I’m ashamed the school was okay with this kind of behavior. 15 years ago if you didn’t walk across the stage at graduation without acting like an idiot  you did not get your diploma the night of your graduation.  Now we endorse this behavior.  It will get worse.

    7 things every kid needs to hear.

    1. I love you.
    2. I’m proud of you.
    3. I’m sorry.
    4. I forgive you.
    5. I’m listening.
    6. You’ve got what it takes.

    Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 11:22 pm
    • #4…Listen? The school did listen and they prevented a walkout and turned it into a memorial for the fallen victims. Why is that bad? You talk about respect? How much more respect can you have while standing in silence for the victims? The only one you should be ashamed of is yourself for not seeing past your own foolishness. Also, what is #7. Did you forget it or do you not know how to count?

      Thursday, 1 March 2018, 8:55 am
      • and I know i did a type on #4, so before I get flamed I figured I would point it out myself.

        Thursday, 1 March 2018, 9:06 am
  • Thomas Dye
    Birthday: 02/21/1958
    Political Affiliation: Democrat Party
    Enough said. This was politically motivated and the kids were used as pawns.

    Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 10:11 pm
    • Figures as much.

      Thursday, 1 March 2018, 8:23 am
    • Elaborate oh wise one. There was no mention of politics, gun protests or advocacy. The school took what was going to be a walkout and turned it into a learning experience and respect for the victims of this horrible situation. How is that political? Get your fact straight!

      Thursday, 1 March 2018, 9:01 am
      • BTW, Tom Dye is not a Democrat and he was not born in 1958.

        Thursday, 1 March 2018, 9:12 am
    • Obviously.

      I also am surprised at the moronic comments posted by some in this thread.

      Thursday, 1 March 2018, 4:03 pm
  • GET A GRIP….

    People aren’t worried about class time… it’s not being told someone threatens their kids . You can say “baseless” but browsed county said the same .

    Kids should be commended for being strong , caring and speaking but the school is responsible for them… a threat must be taken seriously

    Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 9:10 pm
    • So you are saying their was a viable threat at Hcs.

      Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 11:25 pm
      • Are you seriously still in the dark ages not taking every threat seriously what the hell is wrong with you pick up a newspaper look at the TV call do you even have kids there

        Thursday, 1 March 2018, 7:41 am
  • Sounds like they did a respectable tribute to remember the fallen children…

    Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 8:36 pm
    • Which was very disrespectful to every other child or person who has been killed or injured in the many other school shootings. How many of these kids show respect to the not so popular kids that are bullied at that school? None probably.

      Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 10:14 pm
  • ——>KID, and others who are complaining about this….
    First of all, rumors were swirling online on Friday (5 days ago) that the STUDENTS were planning a “walkout”. I think it would have put them in danger to do nothing and allow it to happen today. Administration reached out to parents Monday to inform them of a VOLUNTARY remembrance taking place. This was not political, nor did administration desire to have it. But they got involved to help to control it. Great job!
    How many threats did law enforcement get about this event?? Exactly 1, which was thoroughly investigated and found to be baseless and without any validity. If anything, maybe irresponsible parents should think twice about posting information about a “possible school shooting” that neither them or their daughter had any inkling of knowledge about. And to those other irresponsible parents who decided to keep reposting it to further spread the baseless rumors, stay off social media.
    And all of you calling for student suspensions and other nonsense- The moment of silence took about 10 seconds. Reading 17 names took about 60 -90 seconds. Releasing balloons by faculty took another 5 seconds. Students were then sent back to class.
    I agree, most students did it just to get out of class, but that wasn’t the issue at hand and as stated, they missed a few minutes at most.

    Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 8:07 pm
    • Voluntary remembrance…. ok your name is perfect because you have no grip. You sound like the morons from the county of those poor kids …. let’s ignore threats … wow … so dumb

      Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 8:38 pm
    • Do you realize the school called this a WALK OUT and displayed this at the front of the school. Being naive to threats and the capabilities of someone to kill is how kids end up the subject of remembrances. you name suits you because you have no grip.

      Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 8:48 pm
    • 1. I don’t have social media like all of the morons being bred these days.
      2. I got a voice message explaining nothing TUESDAY night and nothing about threats.
      3. Like I said In my other post call sheriffs dept and ask how many threats I was told by them HUNDREDS.
      4. Irresponsibly parents ? Lol do you remember or is your “caring” a show. Because there were prior threats before the 17 got killed.

      This school administration are a bunch of morons once there was even 1 threat it should of been cancelled. And why not do it during maybe lunch, or right after the last class lets out ? Also tom put in his article CHANTS so is it untrue or true ? I wasn’t there. But a few on here such as “get a grip” puts a lot of details in there posts hmm sounds like they were there maybe administration or a teacher defending themselves ?
      All of this is stupid I’m only worried about my child’s safety. Be parents morons kids can’t do whatever they want. Do you let them play in traffic because you think they should make there own decisions.

      Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 8:58 pm
      • I think you are a liar. If the Sheriff got 100’s of threats, than why did they only send 3 deputies.

        Thursday, 1 March 2018, 9:16 am
  • FIRE THE PRINCIPAL! Hold the school board accountable! Why the hell weren’t people told there were threats ! Not about politics then why the show …. god bless those kids that died and god bless ours because we send them off to be cared for by idiots.

    Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 7:42 pm
    • Because if you can read, it was ONE rumored threat. A rumor Like this: I heard Rachel say she’s going to shoot up the school. That’s it.

      Saturday, 3 March 2018, 7:36 am
    • Home school.

      Saturday, 3 March 2018, 8:18 am
  • Homeward Bound and OH No… are BOTH f***ing idiots….these kids had a peaceful observance in memory of 17 people losing their lives…..I call that respectful. And it lasted all of 17 minutes….what did they lose out on in that short span of time…..they spend longer than that in the bathroom during class…..MORONS!!!!!

    Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 7:17 pm
    • Well obviously look at this article it was not a remembrance….why infront of the school exposing them. Your all dumb …. let them use your kid as puppets mine has his own mind.

      Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 8:41 pm
    • Let the kids do it on their time. Not when they are supposed to be learning. We are PAYING the school staff to teach them right. We don’t pay them to teach our kids how to protest, walk out (as the school itself called it), or to be involved in something so political. The kids need to be taught to respect themselves those around the, not kids that they feel sorry for. The kids were put in front of the school after threats had been made. Not very bright on the admins part and why wait for TWO WEEKS to do this? Because Powell, the admins there and the students are following the lead of others. If this is so fine with you, why was this never done with any of the other school shooting? Snowflakes in the making is what Powell is educating. This is shameful and very disrespectful to every other person who has been killed in any other school shooting. Sickening to say the least.

      Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 10:07 pm
  • Hi, I was a student in the walkout and a friend of the person who started the petition. There weren’t any chants and none of the students had balloons. The intercom just told us we could go to the flagpole (which was still on the campus) and have a moment of silence. A lot of students made posters, which weren’t allowed to be held up, and we just went on with our normal schedule when it was over. A lot of students didn’t come to school because of a fake threat that somebody made on Facebook saying that they’d come to school with a gun and shoot anybody who came to the walkout, and that was also why there were so many police with us.

    Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 6:09 pm
    • Why do you call it a fake threat … you can’t think like that.

      Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 8:43 pm
    • Fake threat? You mean like the fake threats that were not taken seriously in Broward County? This is why these middle school kids should have stayed in class and been educated. This wasted a great deal of money for all of the police that were required to be there.

      Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 10:17 pm
      • To address your response to a middle school student who attempted to explain the event to you- You are a moron.

        The event was supposed to be in rememberence of the victims and it was petitioned by the students. It lasted 17 minutes, and there was no money wasted. If you think paying law enforcement to protect children is money wasted, you should eat a tide pod.

        I said what everyone who reads your asinine comment was thinking. Chew on that detergent and smoke it.

        Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 11:29 pm
        • Paul….. I have your back on this one. Oh No IS an idiot….not only can’t they count they don’t know the difference between “their” and “there”.

          Thursday, 1 March 2018, 3:44 pm
      • Yes, but this was actually a fake threat. It started on Monday when some kids had a vape pen, and somehow it escalated and got twisted and turned into “People have guns and are coming to shoot up the school on Wednesday”. This then spread over social media, and on Tuesday night the police went to the houses of the original kids and verified that they did not have guns. I am aware that it is necessary to take these threats seriously, and if we do not there may be more loss of innocent lives; however, before typing things such as this, please get your facts straight. Thank you.

        Thursday, 1 March 2018, 9:34 pm
      • Shhhh! Is ridiculous that you’re even posting.

        Saturday, 3 March 2018, 7:37 am
  • I just can’t believe certain parents in this post are complaining for 17 minutes when I’m almost 100% sure this same kids come home and don’t even make homework cause they spend hours playing Playstation or Xbox. Let this kids protest or keep 17 minutes of silence, they have the right to grieve as well!

    Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 5:54 pm
    • There was no 17 minutes of silence. It was only a few minutes. We send our kids to school to learn. Not to learn to get what they want and to waste their learning time on something that is politically motivated. Even other students are saying the admin lied. There was NO PETITION. Admin high-jacked the student planned walk out then lied. This is what Hernando County allows, and it sure isn’t a good lesson for our youth. No we know why Hernando County is so full of messed up and drugged up people who are repeatedly jailed. These parents see nothing wrong with it. My butt would have been suspended had I tried this when I was in school. Let these snowflakes in the making try these moves on a job! Bad parenting by so many parents that it makes me sad.

      Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 8:44 pm
      • Continuing with my “You are a moron” campaign, you said in another comment that the students should be learning. Perhaps they were learning the value of respect? Why do you think they fly flags at half staff?

        In addition, I am going to take a 17 minute remembrance break at my job tomorrow. Nothing will happen. That 17 minutes you’re crying about will not impact whether or not a child goes to college or turns into a drug addict as you mention.

        Again, you’re just an idiot with too much time on your hands trying to be a keyboard warrior and stir the pot. Get a hobby.

        Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 11:46 pm
  • So I first hear about this from my kid the day before this was supposed to happen. When I called the school. They said they have no information about it. Neither did the teachers lol. And they all have a meeting about it in the mourning. So…… the parents of the students don’t have a say in this ? The parents are told after words ? All of you stating about these kids voice ? Really a 12 or 13 makes decisions for themselves lol. This was nothing but more political crap. Nothing more. Also what was chanted lol ? And teaching these kids to walk out ? Really! Yea because that’s a good lesson when your there to learn and do work. Try walking out of your job. It’s ok you’ll just go on unemployment food stamps and welfare. What a joke. How about the HUNDREDS of threats Powell recieved for this little event lol oh wait the school district didn’t tell you lol. Call the sheriffs dept and asked them. THATS WHO TOLD ME. Yea you liberals won’t last in life lol.

    Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 5:32 pm
    • I don’t understand the big objection here. The students requested permission to do this, so first of all it was not a walk out. The fact that they asked means they wanted permission, accepted supervison and it was done in an orderly manner. Considering most demonstrations nowadays are loud, angry and violent, I think these students showed a degree of responsibility and maturity even for their” young age. I applaud the students for going about it the right way and the staff and law enforcement for allowing the students their “moment of respect”.

      The person who says that 12-13 year olds can’t make a decision should look to the fact that is was a requested properly and organized show of support and respect. Kids go out during the day for recess & sports and nobody complains. These complaints are just ignorant people sounding off. Instead , you should commend the kids for a job well done.

      Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 6:13 pm
      • Lol not a walk out the school called it a walk out the kids as well. And yes children should not make decisions on there own it’s the parents job to be involved. But I was talking about the kids who had the choice to go or not. No I don’t want my kid at a political thing and yes it was. Cops were there because of the threats that’s the words out of there mouths and again another with a lot of details I’m sure your administration or a teacher on the defense now. And that’s funny you compared a political thing where threats were made to shoot kids to recess ? Lol your an idiot parents should of been told ALL details including threats prior to happening.

        Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 9:20 pm
        • Man, how did this become a political issue?. If it was an unauthorized walk out, the school could have stopped it. Whatever terminology spin you want to use, It was requested and organized. The students wanted to show support and respect for the students that died in the attack and for the ones that have to go back and live with what happened. That’s not political, that’s Human. I am not an Administrator or a teacher. If I was, I would suggest a spelling and grammer course for you. But at least you have all your little text message slang going for you.

          The comparison to recess was that the students are outside on the grounds at other times and nobody is screaming for them to be inside or have police all over the place at those times.

          Thursday, 1 March 2018, 11:04 am
  • This was not a walkout, it was more of an assembly to remember students who died. Students petitioned for it, it was approved, organized, plenty of security/police brought in to watch. it was emphasized this was voluntary. Kids never left campus, you see in picture they are all still behind the fences. And yes, a lot of them have no clue why they are going, some wanted to be out of class, but a few who actually petitioned for it actually cared. These are middle school kids after all. No politics involved by the staff, it was an organized way to let kids participate and it was requested by the students. It happened and the day continued as normal. Kids stayed home because of a separate rumor started by a parent on Facebook, not to protest this “walkout”. Parents who have a problem need to remember, school has your kids 7 hours a day max, you have them 17, raise them right, let the teachers try to give them knowledge, you need to teach them how to behave.

    Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 5:25 pm
    • The school literally on their page called a walk out and literally on the voicemails to the parents called it a walk out regardless any threats made the kids should have been first and foremost and administration and the school board need to be removed over this event if our children want to remember those kids it’s not gonna help for them to get hurt too. If it wasn’t a political statement why did it have to be at the front of the school what is wrong with going in the gym talking to these kids explaining what happened giving them some tips and remembering those other children you can’t call there’s anything other than political statement because I was put out in front of everybody and put out the way it was or could she not be used this way

      Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 5:56 pm
      • If you are truly the mom of a 7th grader maybe you should read their civics book. You can learn about the political process, peacefully rally, protests, etc. Educate yourself. How often do you volunteer? Do you attend PTA meetings? Go on field trips? Things that make you think

        Saturday, 3 March 2018, 8:25 am
  • peaceful protest
    noun. civil disobedience

    passive resistance
    peace march
    peaceful protest

    This is a political move. I know my daughter came home before the election and told us that her teacher told her that we have to vote for the lady (Clinton) who is running. Elementary students being brainwashed like that by their teachers at such a young age.

    To the idiot who said in the comments on the facebook page that these kids are grieving. Come on fool give us a break. Grieving what? People they don’t know and who are setting a very poor example for all students in our country? Next thing we know the kids will want to be more disobedient of any authority and these stupid parents see nothing wrong with it. This is what has become wrong with our world. Parents need to learn to parent first then be friends with their kids then they need to quit raising kids who think they are entitled to any and everything. This makes me sick to think that our school district allowed the kids to be disobedient. Why are these kids not taught to be obedient instead?

    The kids should protest the school district. They are the ones who didn’t seem to take the threats prior to this shooting seriously and downplayed them.

    Bring religion/prayer back to our schools since most of the parents don’t seem to know how to teach their kids about it.

    God Bless America!!

    Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 5:25 pm
    • Volunteer. I volunteered at the book fair. Kids are not taught obedience nor respect. Get involved. your eyes will be open and you will have more respect for the teachers, administration and everyone who spends more awake time everyday with your child then you do.

      Saturday, 3 March 2018, 8:33 am
  • The school put these kids in danger. why doesn’t somebody ask the sheriffs office how many threats they investigated about this event and how many parents were told by the school exactly what their kids were going to be doing today . The school board needs to investigate where this idea originated . this idea originated and was facilitated by the administration of powell middle school . The fact that these children were not informed that they were protesting but were told this is for remembrance is not OK . Because Administration originated and facilitated and had meetings about this event, if anything had happened to those children they would be 100% liable. If Administration wants to act like politicians they should go be politicians safety of our children should come first regardless of any point of view. Why do you think so many law-enforcement officers had to be there today it was not because of our kids walking out of class it was because the amount of threats that came through … how dare you Powell administration and how dare you school board that is completely irresponsible and 100% not in the best interest of the children. let these children feel and have opinions about horrible things that happened to their peers on their own and do not push your agendas on them none of the children that I spoke to knew why they went out there and none of them knew that people had threatened violence today. If Our children have an opinion on their own they should be allowed to do that on their own in a safe manner ,but if someone someone makes threats towards them it should be stopped immediately. If Administration knew what this walk out was about every parent should have been well informed prior to today not just some simple message saying it was in remembrance and not specifically addressing what these kids would be doing .

    Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 5:22 pm
  • I go to powell I’m in 8th grade and that did not happen first of all there was no petition or chants over the intercom our assistant principle said “anyone who would like to participate in the voluntary walkout go to the flag pole”. PLUS the only reason there was extra “law enforcement” is because our school had threats about a student to shoot the people who do the walkout and wear orange WHICH is why many students stayed home today. When everyone was there our principle had us do a moment of silence and then said the name of the 17 victims and one of the staff in our office released the balloons. then we had to go back to first period. My friend brought a sign he had made and he was told to take it down because “he couldn’t have any political signs” yet there was nothing bad about it. All we did was come outside and give a moment of silence.

    Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 5:15 pm
    • So basically this entire article is a lie.

      Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 5:21 pm
    • Those threats should have been enough for every child to be kept inside.

      Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 5:42 pm
    • Thank u for telling the truth

      Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 6:29 pm
    • Hi, I am the one with the sign: Cohen

      Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 8:01 pm
    • I was told my daughters friend started the petition- a girl with purple hair.

      Saturday, 3 March 2018, 8:40 am
  • 6homeward bound please keep your kids at home and continue to teach them that you don’t have to respect people you don’t know! Totally shock by the ignorance of you and a few others, the school district is not letting our kids down, yes they are just a number but if you instill the morals and the teaching of life lessons at home then guess what…your kids will get more out of their educations. I have raised 5 wonderful children in hernando county schools and all have gone on to be successful in the this world with the last graduating this year. I am beyond proud to see something good and a unity within this generation of kids show no great care or moral fiber for the most part! No matter what they are calling it, these kids are showing they care more about others and not being so self absorbed! Bravo!!!!

    Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 5:02 pm
    • Lady you need to get with the times. Maybe your kids weren’t let down but there are quite a few parents who will strongly disagree with you. I am disgusted to see our schools teaching our children that it is alright to protest something that most of these kids cannot grasp the reasoning why. Grieving for a person and respecting a person are two different things. Our school district is terrible and our kids are being let down. Just because yours weren’t doesn’t mean it’s not happening.

      You grieve for a loved ones death. These kids may have been mourning but there was not ounce of grief involved. It’s merely a case of these kids being followers and this is not good for our future leaders. Just wait until one walks off of the job later in life and tells their boss that it is ok because they learned it at Powell Middle School.

      Kids are sent to school to learn. Not to protest or walk out of class. Had we done this when I was in school, we would have been suspended. It’s a political move made by administration who “lead” the kids to file the petition.

      Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 6:18 pm
  • Im walking out in support for all the moms in Chicago 6 dead 44 wounded 36 hr period last weekend… Wake up

    Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 4:53 pm
  • That’s not really a “Walk Out” lol. I guess “students allowed 17 minutes of silent reflection by school administration” doesn’t sound quite as amazing…

    Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 4:36 pm
  • No big deal. They followed the rules and were given permission. It lets them feel like their opinions matter. Good job Powell administration.

    Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 3:07 pm
    • Not good job Powell admin, these students voices do matter don’t patronize the kids, they are the future. What they did was take what the students planned out of there hands and gave it another meaning to cover there asses

      Wednesday, 21 March 2018, 10:15 am
  • Chris sounds like a 4 year old who ate lead paint chips instead of ice cream. God forbid that children would think independently.

    Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 3:04 pm
  • I don’t know if I’d label it a walk out, protest or demonstration it seems as if more of a show of solidarity especially since it was coordinated with school administrators. Just my opinion.

    Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 3:04 pm
    • It wasn’t coordinated by the school administrators, the students planned it after Centrals walkout and then the school high-jacked it so parents wouldn’t be mad if anything political happened and then when students did what they where planing, they were told they couldn’t do anything political.

      Wednesday, 21 March 2018, 9:58 am
  • This was a great, mature way to go about this type of walkout, the kids sent in a petition and the principal approved it, great way to support these kids making a statement! Way to go to all! This is the way to get things done… 🙂

    Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 2:42 pm
    • I am a student and I can confirm that there was no pettition. My fellow students planned out own walk out and the school high-jacked the walk out so they could control what happened and then Mr. Dye lied.

      Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 6:36 pm
      • not true ask angelina

        Saturday, 3 March 2018, 7:39 am
  • wow! to me this sounds like a proper way of doing a walk out to show support to our kids in school and to honor the ones that were killed and injured.any parent that would not support this activity is out of their mind and should seek proper mental help. this will bring much needed attention to the stresses out kids go thru in school and home life. Being a kid wasnt easy for me growing up and can see through any possible negative this story may have. This Christopher guy in the article must of been brought up with a silver spoon in his mouth.

    Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 2:40 pm
  • When your kids find out who you vote for the trouble will begin.

    Nice thing though will be the corruption exposed.

    Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 2:31 pm
    • Made no sense….my view. And nothing will be exposed quit huffing……

      Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 4:36 pm
  • Central High School has a peaceful walk out last week.

    Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 1:23 pm
  • They are grieving and Scared. I think this is a wonderful idea.

    Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 1:00 pm
  • Suspend them all! This was an opportunity for these kids to miss class and our school system should be ashamed to have allowed this to happen. How about teaching these kids to respect each other instead of giving them time to respect kids they don’t know? Why are these victims so special when this has happened before with no other protests? Our school district is completely messed up and it’s messing up our kids. You should all homeschool our kids and hit the school district where it hurts. Without my kids being in school, they won’t get money from the government. Kids are only numbers here and our school district does not care about them.

    Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 12:57 pm
    • I agree with Homeward Bound wholeheartedly. These kids need to be taught Respect by their parents. I can only assume the parents have no respect either. Every last one of them should be expelled and not be allowed to make up any work they miss. This is absolutely crazy And I guarantee you a lot of kids did it just because they wanted to get out of class. What the hell is wrong with people in Hernando County grow up work for a living do what you’re supposed to do and stop being a bunch of whiny little asses.

      Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 4:59 pm
    • Why are these victims so special when this has happened before? You answered your own question. Do you not see the correlation? Also, if your kid is as close minded as you, the school and society will be better off if you home school.

      Thursday, 1 March 2018, 9:58 am
  • Sounds like Christopher Placona is a pure

    Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 12:56 pm
    • Yeah, he’s a real conservative right wing american alright!

      Wednesday, 21 March 2018, 9:53 am
  • I think I’ll just walkout of work right now in protest of something. Oh, wait, what? I will lose my job. Huh…
    This wasn’t a walkout. It was approved by school administration. This was a memorial to the Parkland students. But how many students participated just because they didn’t want to be in class?

    Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 12:37 pm
  • Awesome.

    Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 12:24 pm

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