Mass school shooting prompts Brighton walkout talks

Mass school shooting prompts Brighton walkout talks

February 22, 2018 04:08 AM

Students in Brighton are planning a walkout in solidarity with the victims of last week's massacre at a Florida high school. 

On Wednesday, Brighton Central Schools District leaders stated that they will help support students.

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The schools’ superintendent said that staff have gotten in touch with the students leading the effort planned for March 14th. School staff and students will be meeting next week to discuss ideas.

District leaders said that they'll be working with the Brighton Police Department to make sure everyone is safe.

Below is the message sent to Brighton parents:

Dear Families,
I hope that this note finds you and yours enjoying a great February break. I'm writing today as a follow-up to my note last week in order to provide you with a safety update and to provide you with some information regarding student interest in expressing their feelings with regard to last week's tragedy in Parkland, Florida. First and foremost, we join the nation in continuing to mourn for the victims. We also applaud the brave and courageous actions being taken by the survivors and their families. Wherever you are politically and with regard to the issue of gun control, it has been remarkable to bear witness to their passion and willingness to take action.
Several media outlets and many social media posts have announced a plan for a student-led walkout on March 14. We wanted you to know that we have been in touch with our students involved in leading this effort. We will be meeting next week to discuss their ideas. Our goal will be to provide them with an opportunity to engage, learn, and express themselves in a safe manner that is respectful of the school environment and all perspectives. We absolutely support them in their desire to express themselves and are proud of their efforts to lead a dialogue toward action. We will be working with the Brighton Police Department on this as well. Please expect additional communication about the plans for that day.
Our work with the Brighton Police Department also continues relative to emergency response and planning. We regularly work together to review our plans and discuss emergency prevention and response. We also work closely to support students and families in crisis. We don't hesitate to cooperate in making sure that everyone is safe, cared for, and not a danger to others. Based on what we can learn from last week, we will be going through these reviews again and making adjustments as needed. As a part of an ongoing effort that has long been planned for, you will also notice increased foot patrols and police presence on campus. This is meant to be a positive and proactive step as our police department continues to look for ways to engage with our students in prevention and support.
Thank you again for all that you do to support your children each day and to support everyone's safety by working as our partner.
Best wishes for a great rest of your break.
Kevin McGowan, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools


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