Some Geneseo High School students plan to leave their classrooms on Wednesday, March 14 to participate in a National School Walkout.

Some Geneseo High School students plan to leave their classrooms on Wednesday, March 14 to participate in a National School Walkout.

The walkout is in response to the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Fla., where 17 individuals, including students and staff, were killed on Feb. 14. It is designed to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in Florida and to demand action against gun violence.

While some districts across the nation have indicated students will face discipline action if they walkout, Geneseo administrators said that won’t be the case at GHS.

“We feel when we treat the students with respect, they treat us the same way,” said Geneseo superintendent Scott Kuffel. “We want to work with students and hear their voices.”

The walkout is “less of a protest” and more of a “tribute to the students and staff who were killed in Florida and to raise awareness” said Kuffel.

District officials and student organizers have worked together to establish perimeters for the walkout.

At approximately 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14, participating students will leave their classrooms and walk to the football stadium to participate in the event.

During discussion at the Thursday, March 8 school board meeting, board members wanted to ensure students participating wouldn’t face discipline action.

“Has this been coordinated so students who participate won’t get zeros on any tests or quizzes at that time?” asked board member John Puentes.

“As long as they work within the perimeters of what’s been established, there will be no discipline action,” said Kuffel, who added, “But if they get in their car or walk off campus, then the normal truancy discipline action applies.”

Kuffel said the district staff felt it was “important to work with the students and not against them.”

He concluded, “We also want to memorialize the tragic lost of lives and raise awareness for school safety.”

No walkout is planned at Geneseo Middle School, but Kuffel said GMS students have planned a student-led moment of silence during morning announcements.