Appleton area students to plan walkout

Students are evacuated by police from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, after a shooter opened fire on the campus. (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

APPLETON (WLUK) -- Three Appleton area students are planning walkouts in remembrance of the 17 students that were gunned down in Florida weeks ago.

Andrew Olson, a student from Appleton West High School, says he and one student each from Appleton North and Appleton East High Schools are scheduling the walkout for March 14. The date is exactly one month after the Parkland shooting.

Olson says the students are considering the potential consequences of the walkout, including working with school administrators.

The Appleton Area School District Superintendent, Judy Baseman, says parents of students participating in the walkout must excuse their students.

Baseman says the district wants students to feel safe and protected in a statement.

As a community of learners, we will continue to work with our students to find meaningful ways to share their voices regarding issues that impact them.
Please know that we highly value our strong partnerships with our students, families and community. We will continue to be vigilant in our efforts to work with you to ensure a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment in all of our schools.

The Green By Area Public School District reminds parents of upcoming meetings for an opportunity to learn about school security on March 15 and April 4.

Walkouts at all three schools are scheduled for 10 a.m. and expected to last 17 minutes -- one for every student killed in the mass shooting on Valentine's Day.

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