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Editorial: The walk out

Posted: March 15, 2018 3:28 p.m.
Updated: March 16, 2018 1:00 a.m.

We would like to recognize Kershaw County’s students for their actions Wednesday regarding the proposed walk out in remembrance of the people killed in the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

The walk out apparently took different forms -- and was received in different ways -- throughout the state and the nation. Our understanding is that it was a nationwide effort, originated and (somewhat) coordinated online, the goal of which was to encourage high school students to walk out of classes for 17 minutes in support and remembrance of the 17 victims who died in the shooting, as well as in protest of what the students say they see as weak, inefficient or non-existent gun control efforts by lawmakers.

In Kershaw County, the students chose to focus on remembrance of the victims. By all reports, their activities were respectful, orderly, poignant and heartfelt. We applaud their efforts all the way around.

We also appreciate the Kershaw County School District’s handling of the matter. School and district officials worked to allow the students this opportunity to express themselves in a safe and orderly manner and they did it in a way that did not seem to hamper or edit the students’ expression of opinion. Apparently, pretty much all school and district officials required was that participation be voluntary and that those students participating conduct themselves in a non-disruptive and respectful manner. For safety reasons, these events were held inside school facilities.

Whatever side of the issue you may find yourself, we believe this was the right way to handle it and we appreciate the efforts of all involved.

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