Upstate schools prepare for national walkout movement


ANDERSON, SC (WSPA) – Wednesday marks one month since 17 students and staff were shot and killed at a school in Parkland, FL.  On that anniversary, students from across the country are planning to walk out of school in support.

At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, thousands of students nationwide will march outside for 17 minutes. One minute for each victim who lost their life in the Florida school shooting.  But not all districts in the Upstate are on board.

“For those students who chose to leave the building if they do so quietly and for 17 minutes and come back they will be cited for cutting class just as if they were cutting class any other day,” said Beth Brotherton with Greenville County Schools.

Instead GCS and Spartanburg District 5 have asked students to come up with alternatives inside like walking into the hallway or signing a banner for the victims.

But that’s not how Superintendent Tom Wilson of Anderson District 5 sees this movement, he wants it to be a positive experience for his students.

“I envision this day March the 14th becoming something nationwide every year that there are activities around it because its got to keep the dialogue on the front page of school safety,” Wilson said.

One of the big planned walkouts will be in Anderson at Westside High School where they will have student speakers and will release 17 balloons for each victim of the Florida shooting followed by a superhero balloon for Jacob Hall.

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