LEBANON, Mo. -- Students at Lebanon High School participated in the nationwide walkout to protest gun violence.
Nearly 160 Lebanon High School students gathered quietly on the Boswell Auditorium floor. And another 100 Lebanon Middle School students gathered quietly in their cafeteria. Lebanon school leaders released this statement to KY3 about the peaceful protests.
“Education is our purpose and we want to ensure our educational environment is not disrupted, however, the safety of our students is always our first priority. If this takes place on our campus, we have plans in place to keep our students safe. We respect their right to free speech and will provide a supervised gathering place. The District is neither encouraging nor discouraging student participation in these events."
The nationwide walkouts are the biggest demonstration yet of the student activism that has emerged following the massacre of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14 in Parkland, Florida.