School students will walk out during the school day at 10 a.m. Wednesday,
March 14, to honor the shooting victims of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High
School in Parkland Florida, exactly one month after the tragedy.
The walk-out and
candlelight vigil will take place at the U.S. flagpole at the front of the
school, 2125 S. 11th Street in Chesterton.
The vigil has been
organized by seniors Ryan Day, Evan Little, Andrew Smenyak, Hannah Mullin,
Brinley Fowler, and Katelyn Balakir; and by sophomore Sid Augustyn, who will
also deliver a speech.
Augustyn’s speech, students will stand in 17 minutes of silence to remember
the 17 lives lost in the Parkland shooting in addition to a candlelight
vigil. Each minute will be marked with a reading of the name of a victim.
On Friday, Duneland
Schools Superintendent Ginger Bolinger released a letter to the parents of
students, in which she recognized “students’ Constitutional rights to
peaceful assembly and free expression.”
“Our goal in
responding to walkout plans and other forms of peaceful assembly is to try
and keep focus on teaching and learning while providing guidance and
planning to support student and staff safety,” Bolinger stated in her letter