MOORHEAD - The high school principal here says he is supportive of students participating in an event honoring the victims of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting to affect positive change.
In a letter to parents Wednesday, Feb. 28, Moorhead High School Principal Dave Lawrence wrote that in light of the Florida tragedy one month ago, he supports students leading efforts at school in solidarity of a nationwide movement Wednesday, March 14.
The "Enough: National School Walkout" calls on students, staff and teachers to walk out of school for 17 minutes, one for each victim of the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Lawrence said the entire district will show its support for school safety March 14 by wearing the color orange. But he said student participation is optional and the event is "not about a specific issue, but more about bringing students together and affecting change in a positive and appropriate way."
National organizations like Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense and Everytown for Gun Safety use the color orange in annual campaigns raising awareness of gun violence.
Part of the March 14 plan involves students marching or driving to City Hall to talk with local representatives. Lawrence said in the letter that this segment of the event is not approved or supported by the high school or district.
Parents of juniors and seniors wanting to be part of the City Hall event need to contact the school by Tuesday, March 13, to excuse their student.
The portion of the event at the school will start at 10 a.m. in the gymnasium with a 17-minute presentation featuring the biography of the 17 Parkland victims. Students will then share how they can have a voice and affect change, such as how to contact local representatives.
Administration with West Fargo and Fargo schools said they will allow, but do not support students' participation in the national walkout.