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Concerns surrounding planned walkout cancel South Point classes for Friday

 

SOUTH POINT — All South Point schools will be closed on Friday.

Superintendent Mark Christian said the decision was made after some parents voiced concerns about the atmosphere surrounding a planned walkout by some of the district’s students.

The walkout was set for 10 a.m. at South Point High School as part of a national day of action by activists who are calling for an end to gun violence.

Friday is the 19th anniversary of the 1999 school shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado, which left 15 dead, including the two perpetrators.

Student protests on the issue of gun violence and school security have taken place nationwide since the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in February, in which 17 were killed.

Similar walkouts took place at schools nationwide in March.

Christian said, when plans by students to walk out were announced, counter protests on the issue were planned by others and concerns of threats were circulating.

After hearing from parents, he said the decision was made to cancel classes at the high, middle and elementary schools as a precaution.

Organizers of the walkout told The Tribune that they will still host an event on the issue Friday morning.