Lewisburg Students Face Detention for Walkout

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KELLY TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Student-led walkouts happened Wednesday morning all over the country. Many schools in northeastern and central Pennsylvania participated.

Around 150 students walked out of class at Lewisburg Area High School. Students here were well aware their participation in the national walkout would result in detention. All of the students we spoke with said that is fine.

At 10 a.m. on the dot, students at Lewisburg Area High School walked outside. Some had signs, others flowers. Like thousands of their peers all across the country, these teenagers remembered the 17 people who lost their lives one month ago at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

"I also saw that this was a national walkout. It was really important to me that my school participated in that," said senior Nora Haynos.

The national walkout was not only to remember the lives lost, it was also protesting gun violence.

"People are dying, and it's affecting the entire nation. We as students who go to school don't feel like we should be in danger anymore," said junior Nick Jacobson.

"We're finally doing something about it. I just felt like we need to be part of that because it's a really important moment in our history," said senior Draven Marino.

According to Lewisburg district officials, the walkout was against school policy, therefore everyone who participated will be given detention. Lewisburg Area School District's student handbook states its policy is to give detention for unexcused absences.

"It's not really a problem to me because this is much bigger than one detention," Marino said.

Knowing they were getting detention did not stop around 150 students from participating.

"I think it's fair," Jacobson said. "We violated the student handbook by coming out here. The school has the obligation to follow the handbook. If they didn't, I would be disappointed."

"I can't wait for my detention," Haynos said. "I think it's only fair, and I'll be happy to serve it."

Students tell Newswatch 16 the punishment is a 30-minute lunchtime detention. The students were also told the detention will not go on their permanent records.

7 comments

  • Bob Calvey

    I wonder how many of the sign makers and Marchers have apologize or thought about the other students they put down or made fun of or even befriended them and brought them into their click

  • Emma Hogg

    “Fear Has No Place In School.” “Ban AR-15s.” I don’t own an AR-15 and school is the greatest source of fear for children imaginable. Daily fear. Not fear of being shot by some random nutjob. Fear of peers. Fear of failure. Fear of not being special enough. Fear of being ugly. Fear of being winded after gym class. Fear of being stupid.

    The people who are supporting these protests are doing so out of high level emotion. Yes, these children should protest IF (and, only IF) they understand what it is that they are protesting for or against. NO, these children should not be allowed to disrupt the school day by walking out. YES, these children should learn more about their Constitution. YES, these children should be engaged in community outreach at least once per month – serve soup at a homeless shelter, sort clothes for the poor, visit the elderly in nursing homes……..yeah, they should be engaged in their community.

    But, this event turned into an opportunity for a photo-op to fulfill an agenda. There has not been one word about what the goal of this was. And, they’re going to march on DC next week? Really? What is the expected outcome of that action? To ban assault-style rifles? To ban ALL firearms?

    Khmer rouge.

  • Dana Smith

    Stupid children won’t be held accountable , How about the “security risk ” these stupid acts made ? Obviously some demented Liberal nutjob adult is behind this , Also how does the nutjob below think this is lawsuit issue with kids required by law to be in school and non disruptive .

  • Rusty Knyffe

    First of all, the question remains what the expected outcome of this “walkout” is. Then, the moral imperative here is for these teenagers to learn the following: a) Life is not fair, b) all actions have reactions or consequences, c) disrupting the continuity of education is not (NOT) going to change anything, and d) what ***is*** and what ***should be*** are two vastly different things. One deals with facts, the other with feelings.

    Every student that chose to skip class to “remember” the victims and protest school violence should absolutely face consequences, and their actions should absolutely be recorded on their PERMANENT records.

    We only learn the tough lessons, never the easy ones. Learning that they need to EARN their voices and to speak those erudite voices with dignity and knowledge, not shrieking and outrageous demands.

    • J (@ds18301)

      It’s a good thing you weren’t there to tell that to the Founding Fathers to just suck it up to King George. This is America and expression and dissent are the very foundations that made this country what it is. Turn off the Limbaugh/Fox treasonous, anti-American rhetoric and read some history.

  • J (@ds18301)

    I hope the ACLU sues the district for millions. 17 minutes of free speech? How many hours are lost to pep rallies? How many days are lost for field trips to amusement parks?? Get real. Well done kids!

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