SD308 officials have confirmed that some students at Oswego East High School walked out of the building at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 21, as part of the nationwide protests and walk outs in support of increased gun legislation in the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that occurred last week in Parkland, FL.
Director of Communications and Public Relations Theresa Komitas confirmed that the walk out was peaceful, and that students re-entered the building after about 20 minutes.
Komitas added that the district did not have advance notice of the walk out, but said that a district leadership team would meet on Thursday, Feb. 22, to craft a response to the situation, which could include participation in the nationwide events planned for March and April.
After the Stoneman High School shooting that left 17 students and staff members dead, SD308 Superintendent Dr. John Sparlin issued a statement reassuring the community of the steps for safety that the district has taken. "We want to assure you that we share the same strong urge to do all we can to keep our students and our staff from harm," Sparlin wrote. "It is important to emphasize that it is our mission to provide every student with a high quality education in a safe environment that leads to success in their future endeavors."