VICTORVILLE, Calif. — Students led peaceful demonstrations at campuses across the Victor Valley Union High School District on Wednesday.
A nationwide student walkout took place Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 10:17 a.m., with the 17 minutes representing each victim of the recent Florida school shooting. The student-led demonstration centered around school safety and gun legislation.
When VVUHSD received word of a possible walkout, school and district administrators coordinated an effort to keep the students on campus while offering them productive civic opportunities such as writing letters to elected officials.
About 600-700 students demonstrated at Silverado High School, with an estimated 600-700 more at neighboring Cobalt Institute of Math & Science. Approximately 300 students demonstrated at Adelanto High School; about 300 demonstrated at Lakeview Leadership Academy; an estimated 130 students participated at Hook Junior High; and about 100 students participated at Victor Valley High.
Demonstrations were peaceful at all sites, and students returned to class without leaving their campuses.
“We support our students’ Constitutional right to express themselves in a safe and orderly manner,” said VVUHSD Superintendent Dr. Ron Williams, who visited Silverado High during the demonstration and spoke with some of the students. “Our staff was prepared for the possibility of walkouts, and these events remained peaceful and productive thanks to their efforts.”
(source: VVUHSD//Kris Reilly)