Some students at Owensboro’s two public high schools are expected to take part in the March 14 walkout to honor the 17 people shot to death at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.
The walkout by students across the county will take place at 10 a.m. local time. The goal is to encourage Congress to pass stronger gun control laws.
"Obviously it’s a very important time in our country for our young people," said Jared Revlett, a spokesman for Owensboro Public Schools. "The best part about our students is they’re so engaged and they know what’s going on, not only in our community, but around the country and really around the world. And so we wanted the students to be able to have the opportunity to express their views, express their ideas.”
Revlett said students at Owensboro High School are planning to memorialize the 17 who were killed in Parkland, Florida. He said students at Owensboro Innovation Academy have also come up with a plan.
“They’re going to get a group of students together and talk about some 17 ways they can change the culture in our country and use it as kind of an opportunity for an open dialogue to open up some conversation about how they can make a difference in the future.”
He said students will be excused during the walkout, but if they don’t return to class, their absence will be unexcused.
The walkout is one month after the Feb. 14 shooting by a 19-year-old suspect armed with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle. The nationwide walkout has been coordinated through social media using #ENOUGH.”