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Plainfield School District concerned about safety of student walkouts

PLAINFIELD – Students at schools across the country have been discussing participating in a 17-minute school walkout Wednesday.

The walkouts are meant to demonstrate a call for more gun safety measures to ensure school shootings such as the one that happened in Parkland, Florida, last month don’t happen again.

Some local school districts are allowing their students to participate in some form of a walkout. Plainfield School District 202 Superintendent Lane Abrell sent a letter to parents in the district expressing his concerns over such demonstrations.

“There is an inherent safety risk for students, staff and the district in tacitly allowing student walkouts,” Abrell wrote. “I, as Superintendent, am not willing to take that risk. District 202 will not approve or endorse a walkout by our students.”

Abrell added that the district is trying to work toward alternatives to “provide concerned students a voice” that do not place students or staff in an unsafe environment.

District 202 spokesman Tom Hernandez also said there was no truth to the district rescinding students’ prom privileges if they walk out, but that, just like any other instance in which a student leaves school without permission, there will be appropriate consequences.

Abrell will host a previously scheduled “Coffee with the Superintendent” on Saturday at the district administrative center located at 15732 Howard St. in Plainfield.

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