Scores of Lasallians are expected to walk out of class on 10 am on Wednesday, March 14, to remember the students and staff killed by a gunman at a high school in Parkland, Fla., last month.
The voluntary nonpartisan Parkland Memorial Walkout is scheduled to last 17 minutes -- one minute for each person the gunman killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14.
"We hope to start a conversation about gun control," said one of the walkout organizers, Amira Tripp Folsom '20. "A lot of people feel really hopeless and scared because it doesn't seem like politicians aren't doing much on gun control."
In a letter to students' families, principal Andrew Kuffner said students will not be penalized if they respectfully participate in the tribute. At the same time, they will not be expected to or required to join it.
Kuffner wrote that the Florida shooting "is a poignant reminder of the responsibility we feel as educators to help our young people find their light."
"We must, at the very least, respond to the invitations young people give us to help them in the process of discovering and igniting their light," he wrote. "...We plan to not only make a safe space available for this on our campus, but to help guide our young leaders towards raising their voice to deliver a message of peace, hope, solidarity, and love."