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UPDATE: St. Martin Superintendent issues statement on protests

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Lottie Beebe photo courtesy St. Martin Parish School Board Lottie Beebe photo courtesy St. Martin Parish School Board

Yesterday, we asked St. Martin Superintendent Lottie Beebe what her system's position would be on the National School Walkout.

Today she sent us the following statement: 

While the St. Martin Parish School Board and Staff mourn the deaths of students during the most recent Florida school shootings, the Board, during the Wednesday, March 7 School Board meeting, recognized the importance of school safety.  In fact, discussions have been held and will continue regarding the steps to take to ensure our facilities remain safe.  While the scheduled national event is slated for Saturday, March 24th-- NationalSchool Walkout—(according to several media sources)- the school board and I agree there are various ways to show support to the families and friends of the victims and for safe schools. Activities can be planned on Saturday, March 24th and coordinated with church organizations, civic groups, and others.  A walk out during a scheduled school day generates numerous concerns relative to school safety and places an additional burden on school staff and law enforcement agencies.

The St. Martin Parish School Board and I concur with a moment of silence that is being implemented in other school systems.  A moment of silence affords the opportunity for students and school board employees to show their respect for the deceased students and their families. Consequently, I will notify principals, students, and parents of the following: a moment of silence is planned for March 14 at the start of the school day. 

I strongly believe this gesture will achieve the same objective as a walk-out without disruption to the learning environment.

We asked how children who chose to participate will be disciplined, but school officials would not say how or if discipline would occur.

To read our other stories on this issue, click here and here

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