March 14, 2018
Dear Fleming Countians,
Today, millions of students nationwide will be protesting recent gun violence in schools by walking out of school or into the hallway for 17 minutes, (that is one minute for each of the victims in last month’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida). In remembrance of the two victims of Marshall County, Fleming County students will add two additional minutes to their protest.
Today’s student-led movement is also a call from students to state and national elected leaders to change school safety policies and to fund school security. Many school districts across the nation and in Kentucky are issuing discipline for students who walk out of class. In my opinion, this sends the wrong message to students. Therefore, as educators and educational leaders, we must send a clear message to students that we care, we value their voice, and we are here to listen. Students are struggling with everything occurring in schools today, which requires us to be accessible and open to discussing their views and needs and providing the necessary supports.
Like any movement, this is optional; no student will be required to walk out of class. Today's staged walkout is a student-led movement that I fully support. I am proud that our students stand up for what they believe in and respect the views of others. Teachers, school, and district administrators will supervise the students who decide to participate. This is a student-led movement – not an adult led movement.
As I have repeatedly stated, now more than ever, we need to listen to our students, support them and tell them that we care. We must always stand for and with students. If not, what is our purpose as a school system? Today is about raising awareness of school safety, the recent violence in schools, and using this as a moment to show students that we care about every student! #WeStandforKYStudents
Our Journey Continues…
Brian K. Creasman
Fleming County Schools