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HHS prepares for possible student walkout Wednesday

Hudson students may be joining others around the nation walking out to commemorate the loss of lives at the Parkland, Florida school shooting and bring attention to gun violence.

A post on the Indivisible Project Website states that students will participate in a walkout at 10 a.m. March 14 at Hudson High School.

RiverTown Multimedia was informed by district staff that reporters would not be welcome on school property during the time of the walkout.

Hudson School District officials at first said they were unaware of any scheduled student walkout on March 14, as of press time, according to Assistant Director of Community Relations Tracy Habisch-Ahlin.

At 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, the school district sent out an email regarding the planned walkouts across the country.

“We support the civic engagement of our students. We believe it is important that students have a voice in the issues that are of concern to them,” the statement said. “However, the Hudson School District does not endorse a student walkout.”

The email stated that safety and security is a priority, and staff will be deployed as necessary if a walkout occurs.

“Students who participate are expected to comply with all staff directives meant to avoid disruption to the school learning environment and to ensure student and staff safety,” the email stated.

If a parent wishes to excuse their child from class for the walkout, the excuse will be respected, according to the statement. Absences without parent permission will be unexcused.

Both Habisch-Ahlin and the emailed statement referenced the district’s policy on student demonstrations.

That policy states:

“Students have the right both to express their opinions on issues and to be educated in a safe environment conducive to learning. Therefore, student protests through disruptive demonstration and/or walkout will not be permitted. Students wishing to express their opinions need to do so without disrupting the educational environment. This policy is not intended to discourage or prohibit the peaceful expression of opinions or ideas concerning the school.

“In the event of a student demonstration or walkout, the building principal, or designee, is responsible for attempting to maintain order and assuring the safety and well-being of students, staff, visitors, and the facility.

“Students involved in a demonstration or walkout may be subject to disciplinary action.”

Rebecca Mariscal

Rebecca Mariscal joined the Hudson Star Observer as a reporter in 2016. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in communication and journalism. 

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