Wednesday is the National School Walkout. What does this mean to San Diego County? Well, it could mean that if you can’t ban ‘em, collaborate with ‘em.
While some U.S. school districts are trying to prevent students from participating in Wednesday’s National School Walkout, most San Diego County schools have taken a kinder, gentler, more collaborative approach.
“I decided that the best course of action was to start a dialogue with our students,” said Jason Babineau, principal at San Diego’s Hoover High. “Ultimately, I believe this is a great opportunity for our students to show the world and the community they have a voice.”
Hoover is not alone in taking this approach, or in hosting a student-led 17-minute memorial rally, honoring the 17 people shot dead Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. While Babineau approved the event, all of it — from the reading of the victims’ names to the Junior ROTC appearance — was planned by teens.
“We are following the lead of our students,” the principal said.
But where are these students going and why? Here are some answers to some basic questions about this national event’s local impact.