CCISD supports student’s free speech to walkout, gather in designated areas

Posted at 6:03 AM, Apr 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-20 07:03:49-04

High schools across the Corpus Christi Independent School District and nationwide are planning to walk out of class today in the name of school safety.

CCISD supports these students, saying the district will always respect free speech. 

CCISD Director of Communications Leanne Winkler Libby told KRIS 6 News:

CCISD shares students’ concerns about school safety, and the district will always respect free speech. Friday classes will follow their usual schedule. High school campuses will allow students (who choose to do so of their own accord) to gather in designated areas for a short time. As always, there will be adult supervision on all areas of campus. As on any school day, students who leave campus will be marked absent. 

"We need to stand up and we need to tell the people running for office and the people currently in office what we want from them," Daya Butler, a Junior at Ray High School told KRIS 6 News’ Greg Chandler.  "We’re at an age where we can make a difference and we will soon be voting."

Butler said it is important that people understand that they are not taking this walkout lightly.

"We’re not just leaving school to leave school, we’re doing this to take a stand," Ray junior Daya Butler said.

The students who are participating will walkout at 10:00 until 10:17 a.m., one minute for every life that was lost in the Parkland shooting.