High schools across the nation will be holding a school walk out to bring awareness to the gun debate. One local student is defying a school district and will participate in the walkout during class this Wednesday, March 14th. Joliet Township School District sent a letter to parents saying they do not condone a walkout.
But Joliet West High School freshman Jordyn Bew says she and 30 students at her school will walk out of class at 10am and go to the football field. She tells the Scott Slocum show that the school cannot authorize a walkout and it is not a student’s right to participate in civil disobedience. Bew disagrees. To hear the entire interview, click below.
Meanwhile, Joliet Township High School sent a letter to parents on Friday stating that 50 students and staff have planned JTHS’s response for a call to action. There will be a school sanctioned activity that students can participate in with 17 minutes of a video tribute, conversation, reflection through the hallways and campus. Student participation is voluntary. However if students choose to walk out of school they will be marked as an unexcused absence.
Here is a copy of the letter sent to parents.
The recent tragedy in Florida and other tragedies in schools over the years have increased interest in student-led civic engagement efforts, including the idea of school walkouts. Student leaders have expressed their commitment to work together to create their own engagement effort, titled #OurJT17.
A group of over 50 students and staff met to plan JTHS’s response for a call to action that will begin on March 14 during the time a nationwide walkout is planned. #OurJT17 campaign is unique to the values of our students and schools. It is a 17-day challenge that honors the 17 victims who tragically lost their lives in Parkland, Florida, and a way for our students, staff, and community to advocate for violence-free schools.
How will JTHS respond if a student chooses to walk out of school?