Winfield High School students will walk out this morning for a ceremony to honor the students killed and injured at Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14.
The action, organized by the student council, is voluntary and was approved by principal Trent Creeden.
At 9:50 the bell will ring ending class, and students participating will go to the gym. From there they will walk out to the practice track east of the high school.
At the track, there will be 17 minutes of silence. Each minute a balloon will be released honoring one of those killed at Parkland. The balloons will be green and white, the colors of safety awareness.
The walkout will take place during the seminar period which is 40 minutes long, Creeden said. Students should be back in class by 10:30.
The memorial is timed to coincide with the national movement occurring at that time. While the national movement is also directed toward gun control, the walkout “has no political bias and is meant as a time of introspection for students on recent violent events at schools around the nation. The purpose of our walkout is to promote school safety,” according to a student council release sent to all WHS students.