School walkout alternative activities planned
FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH) —
Fresno Unified School District officials are planning walkout alternative activities for numerous schools on Wednesday.
A national school walkout is planned that same day. The Women's March Youth Empower is calling for the walkout, saying on it's website, it's in protest to Congress' refusal to take action on the gun violence in schools and neighborhoods, most recently after 17 people were killed in Parkland.
Fresno Unified said students are making their voices here during what it calls "constructive activities" planned for Wednesday.
Here's a list of what some of the schools will be doing:
Ahwahnee Middle School: 9:50 a.m.
Students have organized a peaceful protest and a call for reform in response to school shootings across the country.
Bullard High School: 10 a.m.
Class schedules have been changed to allow for a 30 minute break (10-10:30 a.m.) so students can gather in a circle in the quad and hold hands for 17 minutes. Students will speak in an open-mic format.
Computech Middle School: 1 p.m.
Staff and students will participate in a moment of silence followed by students signing memorial posters in the quad at lunchtime.
Cooper Academy: 11 a.m.
Students will walk out to the school’s field where a huge heart with the number 17 inside of it along with #PARKLAND will be painted on the grass. Classes will be assigned a location to stand on the painted area.
Edison High School: 10 a.m.
Students wishing to participate in a walkout will be redirected to the cafeteria for an open forum, where they can voice their concerns. Staff will be there to help guide their conversations.
Fresno High School: 10 a.m.
Students will gather in a circle in front of Royce Hall and link arms. For 17 minutes, the students will remember those who were killed and injured in Parkland by participating in various activities and sharing their support for safe schools.
Hoover High School: 10 a.m.
Students will participate in a walkout in the quad for 17 minutes. Following a moment of silence, students will have the opportunity to speak about school safety and write messages that will be posted throughout campus.
McLane High School: 10 a.m.
Students wishing to participate in a walkout will be redirected to the gym, where administrators will have a space set up for student discussion.
Roosevelt High School: 10:06 a.m.
Students will walk out to two separate designated areas and march to the Stables quad area. Student leaders and government/economics students will speak. Students will wear white to symbolize peace and release biodegradable balloons in memory of the Parkland victims.
Sunnyside High School: 10 a.m.
The entire staff and student body will come out into hallways and courtyards to link arms. A positive message about the importance of caring for each other will be read over the PA system.
The school district said it has partnered with the student-led organization March for Our Lives to host a rally on Saturday, Mar. 24 at Fresno High School.