At Spooner High School & Middle School, we are aware of some upcoming nationwide events that promote student walkout demonstrations to raise awareness for school safety. The first is March 14th, which is an organized event in reaction to the Parkland, FL school shooting that took place in February of this year. The other is April 20, 2018, which is the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting. In coordination with local law enforcement, Spooner High School will provide a safe space on campus for students who wish to peacefully demonstrate to raise their voices. It is important to note that classes will continue as normal and the instructional day will be offered to all students without interruption.
Students who choose to participate in these walkout events must have a pre-arranged absence filed in the offices in order to have an excused absence and have no more than 10 excused absences on file. All other absences will be unexcused.
Our primary concern is to balance student safety with students’ First Amendment Rights to assemble peacefully without interruption to the instructional day.
For questions, comments, or concerns, please contact Principal Sarah Johnson in the High School Office at (715) 635-2172 or Principal Brad Larrabee in the Middle School Office at (715) 635-2171.
ENOUGH: National School Walkout
Monday, March 12, 2018 | News Release
Women’s March Youth EMPOWER is calling for students, teachers, school administrators, parents and allies to take part in a #NationalSchoolWalkout for 17 minutes at 10am across every time zone on March 14, 2018 to protest Congress’ inaction to do more than tweet thoughts and prayers in response to the gun violence plaguing our schools and neighborhoods. We need action. Students and allies are organizing the national school walkout to demand Congress pass legislation to keep us safe from gun violence at our schools, on our streets and in our homes and places of worship.
Students and staff have the right to teach and learn in an environment free from the worry of being gunned down in their classrooms or on their way home from school.
Parents have the right to send their kids to school in the mornings and see them home alive at the end of the day.
We are not safe at school. We are not safe in our cities and towns. Congress must take meaningful action to keep us safe and pass federal gun reform legislation that address the public health crisis of gun violence. We want Congress to pay attention and take note: many of us will vote this November and many others will join in 2020.
Join us in saying #ENOUGH!