Area Districts Ready To Support Students On National Walkout Day

At exactly 10 a.m. on Wednesday morning, students around the country will be taking part in a peaceful protest on gun violence. The National School Walkout will last for 17 minutes as a tribute to the 17 lives lost in the Parkland, Fla. shooting last month. Carroll Broadcasting reached out to superintendents from our area schools to find out if they were aware of any students who are planning to participate. None of these officials were aware of an organized plan, but all of them stood firm in saying there would be no disciplinary action for those who take part. Carroll Community School District Superintendent, Rob Cordes, says that in the sole interest of student safety, they would prefer they go into the auditorium as opposed to outside. Brett Gibbs, superintendent for both Audubon and Coon Rapids-Bayard districts and John Steffes, President of Kuemper Catholic Schools, say they do have plans in place to help support students while still minimizing educational disruptions. Barb Kruthoff with East Sac County Schools says they too would prefer special considerations for the safety of students and ask that if they want to walk out, they gather on the east side of the high school building to ensure proper supervision.