One area high school said they will not discipline students who leave during the National School Walkout on March 14.
Streator Township High School said security will accommodate anyone who chooses to walk out between 10 a.m. and 10:17 a.m. for the walkout. The school will provide a secure location for students to gather. Students who participate will not be subject to attendance or discipline violations during the 17 minutes of the nationwide protest.
"As a school, we will remain neutral on this walkout, but want to use this opportunity to educate our students. We are prepared to allow anyone who wants to participate in this peaceful demonstration to do so in a safe environment," said the school in a statement. The school said students who stay out of class past the 17 minutes of the protest or do not report to the designated location will be subject to disciplinary policies.
The school also is encouraging students to participate in a "walk up" project on March 14 by taking the time to walk up to students who sit alone at lunch or quietly by themselves and say "hello."
"Take some time to "walk up" to others and show kindness. You may be surprised at the reaction you receive and what you may have in common with those whom with you normally do not speak," said the school.
The National School Walkout is planned across the country in the wake of the shooting at a Parkland, Fla. school which took the lives of 17 students and staff.