“I am proud and honored to be the Superintendent of Schools of the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District every day, even more so on days like today. Some students in all six of our schools took part in the national student walkout for 17 minutes to support their fellow classmates in Parkland on a day of remembrance for 17 lives tragically and unnecessarily lost, and against the scourge of gun violence that is ravaging communities across this country. In addition, some students in all six of our schools chose to stay in their classes opting to continue to focus on their studies during that 17 minutes. I am so proud of all of our students for exercising their constitutional options and doing so respectfully, peacefully and without judgement, regardless of what they chose to do today. They made independent, well thought-out decisions that were best for them whether staying in class or walking out. Helping to foster independent thinking and tolerance for all of our students is just one of the many things we do really well in the CHSD.
I am equally proud of the Bellmore-Merrick staff for the way they handled the walkout and the important teaching and learning that took place from10 a.m. to 10:17 a.m. this morning, both inside and outside the classroom. It is my sincerest hope that the spirit of cooperation, togetherness and self-determination in all of our students will continue to grow in positive ways.”