School to Participate in National School Walkout on March 14
SAN FRANCISCO: Mercy High School, San Francisco students will participate in the National School Walkout on Wednesday, March 14, by holding a student-led prayer service and standing along 19th Avenue for 17 minutes to honor and remember the 17 victims of the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
The losses of life on school campuses across the nation as a result of gun violence have driven increased interest in student-led social advocacy efforts at Mercy SF. Following student requests, and as a Mercy school focused on the Critical Concern of non-violence, students wanted to become part of the national dialogue students are having about safety at their school.
“Our goal in responding to walkout plans and other forms of peaceful assembly is to keep the focus on teaching and learning. Our top priority is to support the academic and social emotional needs of our students while maintaining a safe and orderly learning environment for all,” said Scott McLarty, Head of School. “Our faculty and staff respect and support students’ right to advocate for causes that are important to them and believe this walkout gets at the core of Social Advocacy Based Learning and our mission as a Mercy school.”
Mercy’s Campus Leadership Team, which includes more than 60 students, drafted the statement below regarding gun violence in America’s schools.
“There is an unprecedented epidemic currently ravaging this country. Despite an ongoing chorus of urgent cries spanning the nation, our schools and greater communities continue to be threatened by senseless and preventable gun violence. Our lawmakers — many influenced by groups more concerned with economic gain than the safety of Americans — have fallen short of their duties.”
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