CLINTON — Clinton School District Superintendent Gary DeLacy said Tuesday that district officials would “follow State of Iowa guidance and remain neutral” in the event that any students participate in today’s planned National School Walkout.
The walkout, organized nationally as a protest for school and gun safety in the wake of the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida, has been planned for 10 a.m. in each respective U.S. timezone.
The shooting left 17 students, teachers, and administrators dead. As a nod to those who died, the walkout, should any students participate, has been planned to last exactly 17 minutes.
DeLacy said that informal conversations between himself, Clinton High School principal J.R. Kuch, and CHS students, have given administrators the sense that student protest participation at the school would be very low, “if any at all.”
“We’re not getting the sense that anything has been planned,” DeLacy said Tuesday. “That doesn’t mean that things can’t change or happen on social media between now and (the national protest), but we haven’t gotten the sense that anything will happen here.”