At Middletown High School, students have been working with school administrators and teacher leaders to arrange their event, said district spokeswoman Elizabeth Beadle.
“Students have organized a peaceful demonstration for the National Walk Out to our Wade E. Miller Arena,” she said, referring to the high school’s new gym.
“Each of the 17 people who lost their lives in the the tragic school shooting will be honored and remembered with their photo, biography, and 17 minutes of silence,” she said.
At Hamilton High School, students coordinated with building administrators to create their event, which will be held outside, said district spokeswoman Joni Copas.
“Students have notified the school’s administration of their intent to organize a walkout to show sympathy for the students who died in Florida, show support for their families, and encourage students to treat each other with respect and dignity,” said Copas.
“We support our students’ First Amendment rights to freedom of expression and we have worked with the students to provide a safe way to exercise their rights with little disruption to the school day,” she said.
In Monroe, one school principal is taking a different approach and trying to go further than student protests.
“My belief is that Monroe Junior High School’s response should be something different,” Joe Ward, principal at Monroe Junior High School, wrote in a message sent to school families on Tuesday.
“I will not stand in the way of students who choose to exercise their right to protest, but I want to offer everyone an alternative. Instead of fixating our attention outside our school, we will shift our focus inside onto one another. Starting on March 14, and continuing until we leave for Spring Break on March 23, I am challenging every one of our students to meet 17 new classmates and find at least one meaningful thing in common with them.”