Westport parents stand in solidarity with students for National Walkout Day
Updated 11:49 am, Thursday, March 15, 2018
WESTPORT — About a dozen parents stood across from Staples High School Wednesday morning. The group of mothers and fathers turned out despite the chilly weather in support of the nationwide student-led walkout against gun violence while Staples students gathered in the fieldhouse.
Gun violence prevention groups across the country organized the March 14 movement, which called on students to walk out of school at 10 a.m. for 17 minutes in remembrance of the 17 students and staff members killed in the Feb. 14 shooting in Parkland, Fla.
Darcy Hicks, a Staples mom and gun-violence prevention activist who organized the parents gathered across from the high school, said she was disappointed with the school’s purported efforts to keep politics out of the students’ speeches at the gathering in the fieldhouse.
“It’s hard to say what’s going on without talking about politics,” Hicks said. “If anything good is coming from this, it’s bringing to light the question of when is it OK to be political and when is it necessary to break the rules and be civilly disobedient for a cause that’s important to you.”
In a March 6 email to parents, Superintendent of Schools Colleen Palmer outlined the guidelines for students who wished to participate in the walkout.