Yonkers school to stage ‘walk-in’ to protest gun violencesPosted: Updated:
Yonkers schools are preparing to take part in Wednesday’s National School Walkout to protest gun violence.
The walkout is in response to the mass shooting last month at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead.
Instead of a "walkout," all 39 Yonkers schools will stage a "walk-in" for security reasons.
"In today's day and age, having our students out of the building at a specified time, and making it public to everyone, certainly presents a safety concern,” says superintendent Dr. Edwin M. Quezada.
Yonkers’ official school walk-in day event will take place at Lincoln High School. All other schools in the district will stage their own events around 10 a.m.
Parents, teachers and staff are also expected to take part in the Yonkers Walk-In.
The district has also created the #YonkersStands hashtag for the event.
On March 24, the superintendent and dozens of Yonkers students will be heading to Washington, D.C. to take part in a national school walkout day there to protest gun violence.