Dexter students may participate in protests inspired by the Parkland school shooting
by Isabella Franklin
Due to the recent shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, students around the United States have been protesting the lack of government action in regard to gun violence. Students have been participating in protest walkouts, in which they leave school en masse and don’t return for some specified amount of time. In Dexter, some students are planning to participate in the walkouts on March 14th and April 20th, and the administration needs to decide how to handle these protests.
Superintendent Dr. Timmis has determined that, while students will be able to walk out of school and exercise their first amendment rights fully, there needs to be guidelines for how to treat these protests. On Tuesday, the 27th of February, Dexter Community Schools administrators will be discussing what official rules for teachers and students they will set up to keep these protests under control and safe.
Currently, Timmis suggests that teachers don’t participate in the spontaneous or planned protests by cheering, chanting, or holding signs, but that they impartially monitor their students who leave class and make sure the students who stay behind are supervised and safe.