Griswold Schools Replace “National Walk-Out Day with Assemblies
Despite having the school day shortened by a delayed start due to weather, student bodies of both Griswold High School and Griswold Middle School observed National Walk-Out Day with assemblies. The day was intended to mark the one-month anniversary of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida that took the lives of 17 high school students and staff. At Griswold Middle School, the monthly “town hall” assembly at the start of the school day focused on school safety. GMS Principal Glenn LaBossiere spoke to the students about some of the safety and security measures in place at the school, including secured check-in for visitors, monitoring cameras inside and out, and frequent practice of safety and shelter-in-place drills. GMS staff are doing their best to make every student fell welcome and safe in school, he said. “Our job that we tell ourselves when we come here every day is to create a culture where it’s okay to be yourself. It’s okay to be different,” he said. LaBossiere told the students that they can contribute to a safe school environment by their own actions. “Be respectful to each other. Be kind to each other,” he said. “Don’t be that person who makes fun of someone’s post online. You have no idea what’s going on in that person’s life.” The delayed school opening initially prompted Griswold High School administration to cancel a planned observance. But, Superintendent Sean McKenna said, concerns expressed by many parents resulted in an abbreviated observance that was closed to the media. GHS students who wished to do so were permitted to gather in the cafeteria, where the names of the Parkland victims were read aloud, followed by a moment of silence, he said.