Students have organized programming for members of the school community who wish to participate in the National School Walkout at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14. Read the letter below from Dr. Fasano and Dr. Dealy for more information:
Dear School Community,
Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 14, is the National School Walkout Day memorializing the victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. At 10 a.m., students and staff at schools and universities across the country will walk out of their schools to honor the 17 lives lost in Parkland, the many other lives lost to shootings in our schools and communities, and to advocate for legislation that will help stem the tide of senseless gun violence in our country.
At Bay Ridge Prep, many of our Middle and Upper School students have expressed interest in participating in the 10 a.m. walkout and, in both divisions, students have organized programming for tomorrow. We will fully support and accommodate any student who chooses to participate in the walkout as well as any student who chooses to remain inside during the walkout.
Please note that no student will be penalized in any way for missing class time due to the walkout, nor should any student feel that they are being forced to participate in the walkout.
At the Middle School (grades 6-8) level, students have planned the following:
- At 10 a.m., assemble in front of the 81st Street Building for a speech by a student speaker.
- Proceed to Third Avenue between 81st & 82nd Streets for a second student speech and distribute handouts with statistics on mass shootings (in front of the Brooklyn Market parking lot).
- Return to school for the final student speech
- Observe a few minutes of silence as the names of 17 victims of the Parkland shootings are read aloud before re-entering the building.
Middle School students who opt out of the walkout will continue in their regular classes. Teachers will supervise students both inside and outside of the building during these 20-30 minutes.
At the Upper School (grades 9-12) level, students have planned the following:
- At 10 a.m., assemble in front of the 74th Street Building.
- Read aloud the 17 names of Parkland shooting victims and ring a bell for each name.
- Split into two groups; one group walking to Third Avenue and one group walking to Fifth Avenue.
- On Third and Fifth Avenues, distribute handouts with statistics on mass shootings.
- Return to Fourth Avenue and re-enter the building.
Upper School students who opt out of the walkout will continue in their regular classes. Teachers will supervise students both inside and outside of the building during these 20-30 minutes.
We thank our student leaders, and their faculty advisers, for organizing Wednesday morning's programming. We are delighted to see students participate in civic engagement and peaceful protest in a way that they feel is most comfortable and appropriate. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
Charles Fasano & Michael Dealy
Heads of School