Harford Co. Schools: Students who 'walk out' could be disciplined

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BALTIMORE (WBFF)-- Harford County Public Schools sent out a letter to parents, guardians and students, ahead of National School Walk-Out Day, on March 14.

School Superintendent Barbara Canavan said that in the wake of the Parkland school shooting, they understand that students are experiencing raw emotions. She also said that the school system knows about national organizations encouraging students to walk out of school on March 14th; however, she says that she cannot allow students to leave classes during the instructional day to participate.

Canavan says that it presents a threat to student safety, as word of the walkout has been spread and students who go outside could be more vulnerable. Officials say that they do not have adequate staffing and resources to supervise students who leave the school building to participate in a walkout.

Canavan says that providing students with a voice on March 14 is critical to the school system, but keeping students safe while they discuss their feelings surrounding the recent tragedy is the school system’s priority.

Harford County Schools say that it has prepared a learning module that will provide students with an opportunity to share their feelings about the recent events across the country and will let them speak about solutions in a structured way.

She says that this activity will take place on March 14 in secondary schools across Harford County at 10:00 a.m. The activity will reportedly let students provide perspectives and participate in positive dialogue while staying in a safe and secure environment.

Canavan is asking for the help of parents and guardians as well as the understanding of students in seeing that the proposed walkout cannot be condoned. She says that “students who leave buildings may be subject to disciplinary action for disrupting school operations.”

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