National School Walkout Day

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Tommorow, students and teachers across the country will walk out of their schools to call attention to school safety on what’s being called National School Walkout Day. Locally the response is varied, with Principal Dean Monke of Fergus Falls saying they will support students who choose to take part, while Battle Lake High School Principal Ryan Severson says they will gather in the gymnasium for an assembly of sorts…

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So far, other than Battle Lake, most other area schools are not planning or doing anything official. Perham High School Principal Ehren Zimmerman says nothing is planned there. Underwood and Henning Superintendent Jeremiah Olson said he was not aware of anything official being planned in the schools there, but supports students if they choose to take part. New York Mills Principal Michelle Young says there are also no organized events planned there, but did say that it is the students’ right to protest if they wish to. Principal Greg Peterson of Breckenridge said they would absolutely support students, but have not heard from any student groups planning anything. He said the exact same was true for Wahpeton High School as well, in communications with the principal there.

Across the country, many schools will be allowing students to walk out of class, with some districts providing additional security to keep the event organized and safe. Some schools have forbidden walkouts, addressing concerns about safety issues and disruption of class time.

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