ATTN: KCSD and DIXIE HEIGHTS HS: Formal apology and right to protest April 20th, 2018
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On March 14, 2017 students across the world walked out of their schools at 10:00am to show their support and solidarity for the 17 students that died in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. During this time students would take 17 minutes to recognize these students and even brave teachers in a manner nothing shy of peaceful while also bringing awareness to Ending Gun Violence.
A high school in Northern Kentucky named Dixie Heights High School had created a program called the Reach out, at the same time of when the walk out was suppose to occur, students were greeted by officers and administrators blocking locked doors while cruisers set idle in the lot. Instead of letting us peacefully protest and observe our First Amendment right, we were corralled to the gymnasium for this "Reach out", in which we needed to sign in so our teachers wouldn't list us as skipping, something that days prior the administration told us that there would be consequences for anyone that walked. Students were ready to take this risk because change is more important then a simple school suspension. In the gym after we signed in we were told to sign a banner that said "Dixie Reach Out 2018", nothing on there about gun violence, and then given post it notes to write positive notes on to place around the school, still something that did not pertain to Gun Violence. Finally we were told to all stand and face a camera and smile to show that we are making a "difference." Not once was a message given about Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, nor anything pertaining to guns. This whole PR stunt was used to exploit the students of Dixie and divert us from conveying our message.
We as students demand an apology to us, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and students around the world for taking away our First Amendment right and exploiting our faces for their own agenda. We even want to be able to participate in the Walk Out on April 20th because all voices, young and old deserve to be heard and not contained!
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