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.

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.

March 24, 2018

Students from Stoneman Douglas and other activists have planned to march on Washington D.C. on March 24.

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 ....: