National School Walkout at RHS: What You Need To Know
Several months ago, Ridgefield resident and RHS student Lane Murdock launched a National School Walkout movement that quickly became viral.
Murdock’s charge? “On Friday, April 20th, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting I propose a National High School student walk out. Walk out of school, wear orange and protest online and in your communities. Nothing has changed since Columbine, let us start a movement that lets the government know the time for change is now.”
Walkout activities will occur in Tiger Hollow at Ridgefield High School (RHS) on Friday for those students who wish to participate. In a letter to parents, Ridgefield High School Principal, Stacey Gross said that should students choose not to participate, they will proceed as they would in a general school day, with classes being run by the assigned teacher throughout the school day.
For those students who wish participate in the Walkout, The BOE and Acting Superintendent Miller have directed RHS to "work collaboratively with stakeholders to ensure that the potential April 20th Walkout is conducted as safely as possible on school grounds [for students who choose to participate] with minimum disruption to student learning."
To ensure safety, the RHS campus will be closed from 9:45 am - 10:45 am and there will be increased Ridgefield Police presence on the school grounds throughout the day.
Gross also informed parents that student leaders have planned an event that will occur on the RHS campus from 10am-2pm and attendance at those events is optional.
A National School Walkout Petition that Murdock began in February on Change.org has garnered 258,987 signatures and since the petition’s launch, National School Walkout Chapters have popped up throughout the country.
According to the National School Walkout website, the mission of the student-led movement is to protest congressional, state, and local failures to take action to prevent gun violence. “America is the only country in the world where so many people are killed by guns, and yet our leaders do nothing about it. In many states, it’s more difficult to register to vote than it is to buy a rifle. Apparently to some politicians, a vote is scarier than a gun,” the website states.