National Walkout and APS

Case Students' Voices Heard in NY Times Article
Posted on 03/13/2018
Image of Case Student Holding Sign With Name of Parkland Student(courtesy Stephanie Saul and Anemona Hartocollis, New York Times)

It started out last month as a writing exercise on the 1963 Birmingham Children’s Crusade, when more than 1,000 students skipped school and marched to demand civil rights. Then the class assignment mushroomed into a plan — hatched by 10- and 11-year-olds — to stage a little civil disobedience of their own.

So on Wednesday morning, the students in Craig Sampsell’s fifth-grade class at Case Elementary School in Akron, Ohio, will pick up posters they drew and walk out of their classrooms, joining many thousands of other students in a nationwide protest against gun violence after the killing of 17 people in a Florida high school last month.

Asked whether that was an appropriate age to be protesting about a disturbing event, the principal, Danjile Henderson, said: “My fifth-grade students were very aware of the details of the events and wanted to have their own peaceful protest.”

Still, she drew lines around who could participate and how. Third- through fifth-graders may walk out; second-graders can observe the protest, but not walk; and kindergartners and first-grade students will remain in their classrooms for discussions on school safety in general that avoid the shooting itself. “Not all parents may want that detailed conversation on what happened in Florida,” Ms. Henderson said.

With some parents wanting their children to get firsthand exposure to a nationwide political demonstration, others worried that the protests are stoking the fears of young children about a threat that remains uncommon, and still others objecting to the gun-control message entirely, one question has been weighing heavily on school administrators this past week: How young is too young for children to join the walkout? Read more >>.

Image of Case Student Holding Sign With Name of Parkland Student
Image of Case Teacher Craig Sampsell and his Fifth-Grade Students 
Maeva Lile and her fifth-grade class at Case Elementary School in Akron, Ohio, will walk out of school on Wednesday carrying posters with the names of students killed in Parkland, Fla. Craig Sampsell with his fifth-grade students at Case Elementary as they made posters for the upcoming walkout.

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