Fairview Park Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bill Wagner joined Fairview High School and Lewis F. Mayer Middle School students as they quietly “walked out” of the building at Noon on April 20th, and assembled on the James B. Daley Stadium bleachers, adjacent to the High School.
This student-led event marked the observance of the 19th Anniversary of the shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, when 13 people lost their lives. The event also acknowledged the 17 people who were gunned down at the Marjory Stone Douglas School in Parkland, Florida on February 14, 2018. As the Fairview High School students assembled, they carried orange signs they prepared earlier to reflect the reason why they joined in the demonstration.
Students Anne King, Colette, Olivia Hull, and Raven Keck organized the event, and joined more than 2,000 other schools gathering that day across the United States for the National School Walkout. These students called on their peers to think about, read about, and speak about mental illness, school safety, and gun control issues.
Fairview Park Police Chief Erich Upperman spoke to the students about ways to ensure safety in their school, while Fairview Park Democratic Club President, Troy Greenfield, rallied the students to a greater awareness of their ability to influence change via their actions, and especially via the power of their VOTE! Students who are of age to do so, were encouraged to register and Vote! After the presentations, students released balloons to recognize 2018 victims of gun violence. When the students returned to the school, their orange signs and the reasons they chose to participate, would be displayed on television screens throughout the building.