PLAINVILLE – Parents and students gave mixed responses Monday night to Plainville High School’s decision to allow students to participate in a walk-in Wednesday as part of the national walkout movement created after the Parkland shooting.
“They would like to walk inside the building rather than outside,” said Maureen Brummett, Superintendent of Plainville Schools, about the students’ plan. “During my conversation with parents today, I encouraged them to come to the board meeting today if they needed or required additional information.”
During the comments section of the meeting, parents spoke and expressed their concern to Brummett and the board on the upcoming event.
“I’m here to discuss my displeasure in the board of education allowing our students in the school to take part in a politicized movement,” said Gregg Karal, parent and president of the Plainville Rotary Club. “By allowing students to participate in this, you are allowing them to participate in this politicized speech.”
A student organizer of the high school walk-in spoke in response to Karal’s concern.
“This is a measure of school safety,” said Hannah Lennon, Plainville High School senior. “We do have a right to walkout because we do not feel safe.”
She said while Connecticut has stricter gun laws than Florida, a change needs to be made.
“Sandy Hook has happened,” Lennon said. “There are things we cannot control or do anything about and this is something we can do something about.”
Another parents questioned the board and Brummett as to the criteria used to make the decision to hold a walk-in.
Brummett said she discussed the event ahead of time with counsel and the board.
“The kids are doing this as a way to honor the 17 people who were killed and this is their way to do that,” said Andrea Saunders, chair of the school board. “The board is supporting the administration’s decision to allow them to do that.”
Brummett said she would provide more detailed answers to the parents in an email if they wanted.
She said teachers will not participate and other administrators will be supervising students who choose to take part in the walk-in tomorrow at 10 a.m.
In response to the board’s student liason’s question on whether classes would be disrupted, Brummett said classes will go on as scheduled.
In a letter to parents and students from the high school principal, access to the school will be limited during the event from 10 a.m., to 10:17 a.m.
More information can be found on the school website.