High school students in Eau Claire are planning a walkout on Wednesday morning to show support against gun violence, according to a Facebook event page.
The nonpartisan walkout will begin at 10 a.m. at Memorial High School, 2225 Keith St., and is open to all students and community members. It’s part of a nationwide demonstration that people can choose to join.
Eau Claire’s walkout will last 17 minutes and will end with 17 seconds of silence for each of those killed in the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Participants will meet by the school’s eagle near Clairemont Avenue and Keith Street.
Mary Ann Hardebeck, superintendent of schools, said the Eau Claire school district can’t endorse walkouts due to state laws regarding student attendance. However, she said attendance laws allow parents to excuse their child from school 10 times each year, so the district will not interfere if a parent chooses to allow their student to participate.
Teachers will continue classroom instruction as usual, Hardebeck said.