Dear School Community,
On March 14, 2018, at 9:50 AM, close to 1000 Emmaus High School students participated in a walk-out. Students gathered outside in the school parking lot and demonstrated peacefully. Speeches and signs called for unity, action, and school safety, and were non-political in nature. On their own, students re-entered the building and resumed classes at approximately 10:20 AM. In addition, a small number of students at Eyer Middle School gathered outside to observe 17 minutes of silence in honor of the 17 lives lost at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School. Students at Lower Macungie Middle School participated in a hallway walk, heard speeches in the gym, and some gathered outside by the flagpole. Staff and law enforcement were present at all events to insure safety.
As Superintendent, I couldn’t be more proud of our students. The walk-outs and student protests came directly from the students themselves and their conduct was exemplary. Their intelligence, maturity, and passion were on full display today.
The issue of school shootings is obviously a matter of life and death, affecting our students directly and deeply. We have not been able to stop school shootings since Columbine and now young adults feel they need to become activists on their own behalf. We must listen to their voices and act accordingly.
Michael Schilder, Ed.D.