Students Show Support of Parkland Shooting Victims


Middletown Area High School students held a peaceful Walk-out on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Upon receiving approval from the administration, students planned, coordinated and led the entire event. The Walk-out was held in the confines of the courtyard of the high school and participation was optional.

The desire of the student leaders was to bring to light the need for increased mental health assistance for students. The MAHS students made it very clear that their event was not promoting gun control. After receiving input from the student leaders, Terrance Jefferson, junior, wrote a RESOLUTION asking that the legislators of the Commonwealth begin the development of legislation that places emphasis on mental health and mental stability in every school in the Commonwealth. Terrance read the resolution during the Walk-out and made it available to the entire student body to sign during lunch periods. As the participants stood in silence, Zoey Bright, senior, rang 17 chimes, one per minute, in memory of the 17 victims of the February 14, 2018 Parkland shooting.

The students raised over $700 by selling Walk-out t-shirts. The funds will be sent to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to be used for student needs at the administration’s discretion.

Middletown Area Middle School also held a Walk-out event inside their school building. Like the high school, students stood in silence during the ringing of 17 chimes. Students then signed banners to express their commitment to “see something, say something.”

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