Last updated 3/19/2018 at 1:28pm
Superintendent Jeff McDaris provided the following response: The school walkout was a student-led event that was organized by students to show respect and remembrance of the students killed recently during the tragic event in Florida. Students at Brevard High School and Rosman High School asked their administrators to schedule optional events on this day. The student-led events have been announced as memorials to the 17 students and educators who passed away at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. At both schools, students took initiative and asked principals for a safe venue to meet together briefly in light of recent events and widespread public discussion about safe schools. These were not official school events, and they are not endorsed by Transylvania County Schools. In addition to providing a safe space and a process for keeping the dialogue open with students, schools are treating this brief schedule change as a teachable moment, encouraging students to better understand how to exercise their right to freedom of expression in a respectful and responsible way. Staff and administration worked diligently to ensure a safe location within a safe campus for the students.