School districts throughout Kentucky preparing for "Walkout Wednesday"

03/13/2018 12:20 PM

School districts throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky are preparing for hundreds of students to walk out of class on Wednesday, as part of “Walkout Wednesday,” a national movement to protest gun violence.

Students are walking out of class to demand gun control following the deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida that left 17 dead. School districts throughout Kentucky have varying support for the event.

Boone County School District officials say they are not supporting a walkout. Mike Ford, the Director of Pupil Personnel, tells Spectrum News that while they support the voice of their students, they cannot support students leaving class for three main reasons. Ford explained that students leaving class will break state attendance laws, result in a loss of instructional time, and most importantly, prevent the school from keeping students safe. He says the district has used recent school shootings as teaching moments and has encouraged students to contact state and federal lawmakers to make changes to gun laws.

Officials with Jefferson County Public Schools say principals have been advised to encourage students to participate in alternative activities but to ensure a safe environment with adult supervision if they do walk out. They say if students participate and do not return to class, they will be counted absent and become subject to disciplinary actions.

Fayette County Public Schools officials say they have worked with student leaders and student voice teams at the school level to determine the best way to support student advocacy efforts. They say schools will be doing a variety of different activities on Wednesday, including:

  • Hosting assemblies in the gym with guest speakers and student speakers
  • Hosting organized walkouts
  • Inviting families to come and participate to support the students
  • Developing PSA type videos to share
  • Sending students to Frankfort

The walkout is set to begin at 10 a.m. and last for 17 minutes to honor the lives of those killed in the Florida shooting.

Michon Lindstrom

Michon is a producer for Pure Politics. Michon comes to Kentucky from Springfield, Illinois where she served as the statehouse reporter for the NBC affiliate. During her time in the Land of Lincoln she covered the state’s two year budget impasse and the largest school funding overall in Illinois history. Pure Politics airs weeknights at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Michon on Twitter at @MichonLindstrom or reach her by email at


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