Branford High School

Branford students are working to join in a national event next month when students plan a nationwide walkout against gun violence.

Part of the Women’s March Youth EMPOWER, the movement asks for students, administrators and others to take part on a school walkout for 17 minutes at 10 AM on March 14, a protest of the gun issues and lack of action politically.

In Branford, the event has been started by Branford high student Abby Boyle and her fellow classmates Andrew Debenidictis, Jayleen Flores and Mary Olearczyk.

“With everything that has been going on, we feel hopeless,” said Boyle. “We want to do something.”

The students are working with Branford High principal Lee Panagolias on the details of the event, which will likely include the students walking out to the field behind the school, and speeches for 17 minutes to honor the victims in the Florida tragedy.

Local mother, educator and Board of Education member Shannen Sharkey says she supports the effort, but for safety reasons, wants to ensure the students remain on school grounds.

“We should support them and stand in solidarity with them, and allow them to exercise their freedom of speech,” she said. “This is a nationwide movement and it's young people who are leading the way.

“While, I fully support and applaud BHS students showing solidarity with their peers across the nation, I believe it is imperative that they remain on school grounds.”

(18) comments

Guest

Ho hum...

Guest

They should march to the Branford Police dept. to make sure there is never an epic breakdown in law enforcement like there was in Broward.

Guest

Or better yet to Hernandezs' office to do the same...

Guest

The indoctrination continues

Guest

You should ask Hernandez why your schools don't have secure school doors to keep intruders out. In the five years since Newtown, no physical improvements have been made.

Guest

Another meaningless gesture...

Guest

I wonder if kids are still banging in the laundry room by the gym locker rooms

Guest

Only 17 minutes? That's a glorified bathroom break. If you walk out, don't come back.

Guest

So you are going to exercise your first amendment rights in an effort to infringe upon others second amendment rights? That's a slippery slope kids...

Guest

And to add insult to all of us taxpayers who are paying ridiculous high taxes to a school system that allows the, to do,it on school time. Why not do it on a Saturday so we will see how many teachers show up when they are not getting paid.

Guest

As I continue to read comments on this post, a question for those replying, how many have spoken to BHS students about the incident in Parkland, how it made them feel, and what they hope to gain or accomplish by taking part in the walkout? To have a better perspective, I would hope that people might do so before cementing an opinion about the students and their motivations.

Guest

Meaningless gestures are, well meaningless.

Guest

Kind of like those seemingly meaningless gestures that took place in the south during the 50s and 60s. Those kids sitting at lunch counters, meaningless.

Guest

More like 50,000 people protesting against the income tax in Hartford, the largest protest rally in state history. Meaningless.

Guest

nothing is a more meaningless gesture than posting anonymously in a comment section full of like minded trolls.

Guest

How about a metal detector on each door. How much could it actually cost? How bout an ARMED security guard, better yet a cop. Pretty sure we can handle this..

Sailsalot

I hope the security measures in place to protect the students during the walkout are sufficient to protect the young activists.

Guest

Today is a good day for the walkout.

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