Supporting Stoneman Douglas
On Wednesday, February 14, 2018, a heavily armed young man entered his former high school in Parkland, Florida and opened fire on students and teachers. Seventeen people were killed. As a result of the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, our nation has seen a major movement of youth actively protesting and advocating for our government to take action.
We know that tragedy can affect us and our students in profound and varied ways. While our schools are far in distance from Parkland, we know that many of our students have felt the impact of these events. Many students and families across our city plan to participate in or have already joined the emerging movements. It is our duty as educators to help students be empathetic and informed citizens, especially during times like this as they plan take action in our communities and across our country.
The resources below are intended to help you as you support students during this time and provide tools for you to use in making these moments teachable ones about the power of informed and active citizens.
Resources to learn more about the tragedy and surrounding events:
- Time: Everything You Need to Know about March for Our Lives
- New York Times: Florida School Shooting Death Toll Is at 17 and Could Rise
- New York Times: After Florida School Shooting, Russian "Bot" Army Pounced
- Time: Students Calling for Gun Control Can't Vote Yet. But Age Hasn't Stopped Young Activists in the Past.
Resources to help support students in their reactions and actions:
- New York Times: What is Your Reaction to the Deadly Shooting at a Florida High School
- Honor the victims by learning more about the victims of the shooting.
- Teaching Tolerance: Discussing "The Mental Health Issue" After Parkland
- ProCon.org: Should More Gun Control Laws Be Enacted?
- Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers
- How Schools Can Support Student Activism by Sydney Chaffee, 2017 National Teacher of the Year
As a result of the tragedy in Florida, several national movements have formed, in which some of our students and/or families may be participating. Links to information about these events can be found below so we can stay informed and provide support for our students and families.
March 14, 2018
This national school walkout is organized by the coordinators of the Women's March. This walkout is set to take place on Wednesday, March 14 at 10:00AM no matter what time zone. The walkout is scheduled to last 17 minutes - one minute for each victim of the Stoneman Douglas shooting.
April 20, 2018
This is another walkout being coordinated nationally. This aligns with the anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting in 1999. Find more information at the links below:
The following are some informational sources that show varied perspectives and considerations for teachers and administrators to think about if/when students are considering ....:
- National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP): Considerations for Principals When Students are Planning an Organized Protest or Walkout
- US Department of Education (USDOE): Responding to School Walkout Demonstrations
- American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU): Student Walkouts and Political Speech at School
- National School Boards Association (NSBA): Coercion, Conscience, and the First Amendment: A Legal Guide for Public Schools on the Regulation of Student and Employee Speech
- School Administrators Association of New York State (SAANYS): Considerations/Questions Related to Student Protest and Walkout Activities
- Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO): Recommended Guidance on Student Walkouts