Parents of kindergarteners in a Connecticut elementary school were unhappy to learn that their very young children participated in last week’s national school walkout – – without parental consent.
From The Washington Times: About two dozen 5 and 6-year-olds participated in a 17-minute walk outside Harbor Elementary School in New London on Wednesday, marking one month since a gunman killed 17 students and teachers at a high school in Parkland, Florida.
Thousands of students nationwide participated in the walkout, organized by a division of the left-wing national Women’s March, in a protest calling for stricter gun control.
The kindergartners, however, were participating in a so-called “safety march,” a parent who was chaperoning the kids that day told a local NBC affiliate.
“It was discussed, it was a safety march and we took them out and they chanted ‘we love school’ and ‘honk your horn.’ And we told them that the 17 angels are above in heaven, they’re watching down and they’re proud,” Olga Vokolou told the station.
The report continues: Ms. Vokolou said her child’s teacher let parents know about the march on Facebook, but New London Interim Superintendent Dr. Stephen Tracy said there was no written permission from parents.
He said he and the principal didn’t know about the march in advance either.
Parents expressed shock at learning that the children marched without permission. Board of Education member Susan Tierney felt the event was ill-advised.
“As a parent, I’m upset. As a board member, I hope they did the right thing to ensure it doesn’t happen again,” she said.
Jason Catala, the chair of the board’s Policy Committee, said policies were ignored, and he called for the school’s principal to resign.
“The role of the school principal is one of the most important jobs in the district,” Mr. Catala said. “They’re in charge of policies and procedures and to ensure the safety of the students at all times. It’s clear the policies and procedures were not followed and, as a result, our children were put at risk.”
“The principal is the pulse of the school, and he needs to know what’s going on at all times,” Mr. Catala added. “It really gets me in my gut what could have happened. I think about my own child.”