Centerville High School sends message to students ahead of potential walkouts
CENTERVILLE, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Centerville High School sent out a message addressed to students ahead of potential walkouts on Wednesday.
The letter, signed by CHS Principal John Carroll, says that the schools do not endorse any demonstration, and all school rules will still be in effect at the time of the walkout. However, since there have reportedly been rumors going around about the rules, instead of getting an "absent unexcused" for leaving class, those absences will be handled as a warning.
It also stressed that the first amendment does provide freedom of speech and peaceful assembly, but those rights "are limited while you are at school", and demonstrations must not create a significant disruption to the education process. Carroll stressed that if some students choose not to participate in the walkout, other students do not have the right to bully, harass or intimidate any individuals for their beliefs.
"However, when you exercise your rights, I hope you always do so with maturity, positive character and consideration for others," Carroll said at the end of the letter.
Walkouts like the one addressed in the letter have been talked about across the country to end gun violence or to stand in solidarity with victims of the Stoneman Douglas shooting. Students have been encouraged to walk out of school at 10 a.m. on March 14 for 17 minutes.