On Wednesday, March 14, some Lincoln Academy students plan to participate in a nation-wide walkout event to support school safety.
In anticipation of this event, we want to make it clear that no student will receive disciplinary action for participating, that no student will be compelled to walk out, that all students will have adult supervision during the event, and that the safety and well-being of our students is our highest priority. During the walkout, all students will remain on campus.
We ask that the community respect that this is a student protest, and not a community event. While we appreciate that some in the community would like to join our students to support their walkout, safety considerations make it prudent to close our campus and keep this a student-only event.
Andrew T. Mullin, Associate Head of School
On Wednesday, March 14, some of our students plan to participate in a 17-minute walkout in a stand against gun violence in schools. This is part of a national student walkout in response to the tragedy in Parkland, Florida. We plan to respect the desire of students who choose to voice their concerns about safety in schools.
This walkout is entirely student led, and we will not impose consequences on the students who participate, provided that students comply with expectations, rules, and regulations during their peaceful protest. We also recognize that some students will not participate, and their choice will also be respected.
Our task as educators is to be supportive of all of our students, and create a safe environment for their voices to be heard. We will communicate to all of our students that we expect this event will be a brief interruption in the school day, and that students will resume their studies promptly after the 17-minute event.
Andrew T. Mullin
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