School Principal Brent Martinson says CHS students who walk out of school
Friday as part of a planned demonstration in support of the Global Climate
Strike will be marked truant, but no other disciplinary action is decided
Tribune reached out to Duneland Schools Administrators following an
announcement that the student-led CHS Social Justice League has planned a
climate strike walkout for 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27.
though students who walk out will be marked truant, no additional
disciplinary action for those students is planned yet. At the time he
spoke with the Chesterton Tribune Monday night, Martinson was
skeptical the walkout will actually happen, and reported he’ll decide on
disciplinary action when/if it does.
Martinson said he
has engaged in a direct and open dialogue with the students behind the
planned walkout and discussed the possibility of holding an after school
event instead. He added that he respects their passion on the topic.
CHS students who
participated in a planned walkout last year in solidarity with the victims
of the Parkland, Florida mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School were
marked truant and asked to complete either an act of community service or a
brief essay explaining why they walked out.
Superintendent Dr. Chip Pettit said any disciplinary action for this
Friday’s walkout will be up to Martinson, but added, “We will respect
students’ rights to express themselves in any way that does not jeopardize
planned to meet at the flagpole in front of CHS and encourage members of the
community to join them “to draw attention to the climate emergency because
the U.S. and global governments have failed to take sufficient action to
mitigate this unprecedented crisis,” according to a release.
A Chicago event for
the Global Climate Strike, a youth-led initiative to have approximately
4,000 events in more than 150 countries to call for global action on climate
change, took place last Friday, Sept. 20.