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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