Student Walkout at NPA

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Mr. Lombardi provides the following report on Wednesday’s student walkout event:

March 14, 2018

Wednesday, March 14th, was the day students across the country were urged to display their dissatisfaction with their elected officials by “walking out” to draw attention to nationally increasing the level of safety in our schools.  Approximately one third of our students chose to participate in a student led protest.  At 10:00 a.m. they quietly left their classrooms and silently made their way to the gymnasium.  The seventeen individuals who lost their lives during a school shooting in Florida on February 14th were honored in remembrance and through moments of silence.  Our students’ protest was incredibly respectful and well organized.

We had spent hours meeting with local Police to insure the safety of our students.  Police were available on campus the morning of the walkout.  Their services were very much appreciated but not needed.  We had staff positioned at the entrance and exit points of the campus and strategically within our buildings.  Students met within our gymnasium so that they did not make themselves vulnerable to the very thing they were protesting. I had given permission to a reporter and photographer from the NAU Lumberjack, and the ASU Cronkite School of Journalism to attend.  Neither organization materialized.  In the interest of the safety of our school, one non-NPA individual who wished to “help the kids protest” was denied access to our campus by our staff.

The walkout was not excessive in time and normal school activities resumed quickly.