Shaker Heights Students Say “Enough!”

March 14, 2018  •  10:00 AM

Some Shaker Heights High School Students have had enough so they are organizing a walk out. At 10 am, SHHS students who choose to be part of the March 14 walk out will gather together for 17 minutes on the high school turf field to protest Congress’ inaction to the gun violence in our schools and neighborhoods. The number is symbolic of the 17 victims of the Parkland shooting.

Superintendent Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr.,  wrote, “Both the District and the Shaker Heights Teacher Association endorse and support this action and encourage our students to be advocates. Shaker has a long, rich history of student and community activism, and we encourage students to get involved in issues about which they are passionate. However, we have also asked our students to work in coordination with our teachers, administrators and staff to ensure a safe and constructive event. Representatives from our PTO, the City of Shaker Heights, the Police Department and the Fire Department will be involved with supporting the event, and we assure our families that there will be security and adult supervision of students during this brief walkout.”

For high school student who choose not to participate, there is a plan in place. This is strictly a school event. Students who do not want to participate in the walkout will remain in their classes with their teachers.

Students at elementary schools, as well as our students at Woodbury and the Middle School, will not walk out and will have a normal school day which will include age-appropriate actions for those respective grade levels. Each school will provide correspondence about their advocacy efforts with their respective school communities.

One High School Junior Expresses Why She and Her Friends Are Walking Out

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Author: Megan Huff


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