Reading High School’s Student Council planned a memorial service and kick-off to a kindness campaign on Wednesday, March 14. This service was scheduled at the same time as the planned national school walkout in response to school violence. The intent of our student council and administrators was not to politicize this memorial event. Based on feedback we received last night and today from both students and parents, it has become apparent that is has become political. Students who want to become involved in the kindness campaign and memorial, but do not want to walk out of school have been given a difficult choice. Upon further reflection, we have decided to postpone the memorial and kindness campaign kick off until next week. This planned event was meant to be uplifting and positive and we do not want to overshadow its meaning in any way.
Reading High School students who wish to walk out tomorrow between 10-10:17 a.m. have the right to do so. We also respect and support the choice of students who prefer to stay in class during this time. Students who participate in the walk out will be responsible for any work missed during this time and must return to class immediately. For student safety, there will be administrators and police presence on campus tomorrow morning.