Brevard Public Schools Officials Expect Student ‘Walk-Outs’ Wednesday to Memorialize Parkland Shooting
By Space Coast Daily // March 13, 2018
Superintendent Desmond Blackburn: BPS is OK with our young citizens making their voices heard
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Brevard Public Schools officials have issued a statement that it anticipates student-led activities such as “walk-outs” at several campuses Wednesday, “as young people nationwide plan to memorialize the Parkland shooting and protest school violence.”
“BPS has neither endorsed nor organized such activities,” said Brevard Public Schools Assistant Superintendent and Public Information Officer Matt Reed in a release.
“Instead, Superintendent Desmond Blackburn advised BPS principals that they would be trusted to work with students to encourage safe, respectful behavior on campus.”
According to social media posts, plans call for the walkout to happen at 10 a.m. and last for 17 minutes to mark the one-month anniversary of the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
“BPS is OK with our young citizens making their voices heard – as long as it is done peacefully and in collaboration with school leaders,” Blackburn said in a Feb. 26 letter to administrators.
“We trust you to manage the situation in a way that’s right for your community and student speech.”
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