February 21, 2018

Superintendent Stands with Students; Announces Districtwide Participation in Nat'l School Walk Out

Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent announced today that she and the entire district would be participating in the National School Walk Out on March 14, 2018 at 10:00 am.

Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent announced today that she and the entire district would be participating in the National School Walk Out on March 14, 2018 at 10:00 am.

In response to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, students are taking a stand to advocate for stricter gun control and more mental health resources for troubled teens. 

The Women’s March’s Youth EMPOWER group has organized a national school walk out on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at 10:00 am (in every time zone).  Students, teachers, administrators, parents and allies are encouraged to walk out for 17 minutes – one for every person killed at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

“I stand with my students! I stand with my teachers, school leaders, and support staff! I believe it is important that we as a school district unite in support of this national school walk out to send a clear message to state and federal lawmakers that action is needed to update gun laws and ensure our schools are safe and secure learning environments.”

The following is a quote about the walk out from the organizers posted to social media.

"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," reads the group's statement. "Parents have the right to send their kids to school in the mornings and see them home alive at the end of the day."