Announcement Regarding School Walkouts on Wednesday, March 14

Hello Morey Community,

As you have likely heard in the news and on social media, students across the nation are planning to walk out on Wednesday in order to, according to organizers, “demand Congress pass legislation to keep us safe from gun violence at our schools.” Several area middle schools and high schools have planned demonstrations for Wednesday, and we have a growing number of students who have expressed interest in participating. In order to keep our students safe, give them an opportunity to participate in civic conversations that impact them, and to give them a chance to live our school vision of social justice, we are providing an opportunity for students to remember those who have died as a result of gun violence in schools and to make their voices heard for our legislators to keep our schools safe. This is not an endorsement of any particular political viewpoint of how to make that happen; rather, it is a recognition that the last 19 years of mass shootings at schools must finally be addressed by our government.

At 10:17 AM on Wednesday, March 14, our teachers will lead their students that wish to participate out of the front doors on 14th Avenue. Students who do not wish to participate will be able to stay inside in either room 103 or room 122. Once outside, our students will turn right and will walk silently around the school for 17 minutes, their silence honoring the 17 people who lost their lives at Douglas Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida. Once we have walked for 17 minutes, we will re-enter the building and go to lunch or recess. Students may bring signs to carry during this walkout, but signs must not contain profanity and must contain messages connected to the theme of gun violence in schools. Appropriate signs may positively call for action, but may not be offensive or insulting to anyone. Because we are walking out of class silently to call attention to this matter, students who violate our norms of silence to honor those who have been lost will be considered to have walked out against the rules and will be consequenced as such. Students who believe they will not be able to stay quiet will be asked to remain behind in rooms 103 or 122.

Separately, for those of you who are planning to attend the March for our Lives on Saturday, March 24, we are planning a Morey contingent in the March. We will provide details later, but students, families, and teachers will be invited to meet at Morey prior to the March 24 march and to walk to the event together. If you are planning to attend the March, we invite you to join us.

Please take some time over the next day and a half to discuss this issues with your children and to help ensure they understand the gravity of these 17 minutes on Wednesday.

Principal Noah Tonk