Tri-State schools to give students options for 'walkout' event

Students across the country are preparing demonstrations to voice their opinions about school violence, including right here in the tri-state.


Some are calling it a walkout, but the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation won't go that far.


"Here, we're really not talking about any kind of protest, or any kind of walkout. What we've done is create a structure where student leadership groups have come up with something unique in each one of our schools,” said Jason Woebkenberg with EVSC.


Whatever you call it, EVSC students and students from other Tri-State districts will have the opportunity to participate in student led events like moments of silence and discussions on improving school safety.


"It’s really been interesting to see how mature these high school students are, and what they've come up with,” Woebkenberg said.


"It’s not something you can exactly reverse, but it's something to show that you're taking a stand to do something about it, regardless of how much time it is. Each person who walks out is representing a life that they want to save,” said North High School student Alexendrea Danks.


At 10 am Wednesday, school districts like EVSC, Warrick County Public Schools, and Owensboro Public Schools will give students 17 minutes to voice their concerns, in reference to the 17 people killed in Parkland, Florida.


In Henderson County, students won't be allowed to leave the building. Instead, schools will acknowledge students in the class during that time.


In Warrick County, students are being asked to bring permission slips to participate.


"Honestly, I don't think that some kids really care, and they're just going to think that it's just another waste of time, 17 minutes, just standing there in silence, but really, you just have to look at it like, what if that was you?” A question posed by fellow North student Faith Patterson.


School officials say students who leave school for the day will be treated the same as any other day. Those officials are hoping students use it as a learning experience, and some students are just hoping their voices are heard for those 17 minutes.


"If it's a step toward something, then there's no harm in trying it,” Danks said.


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(This story was originally published on March 13, 2018)

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