Response to Student Walkout Demonstrations

Huntley 158 families,

We want to inform you about student demonstrations that occurred at our schools this morning in support of national conversations on school safety.

At Huntley High School, Heineman Middle School, and Marlowe Middle School, large numbers of students participated in walkouts from classes at 10:00 a.m. Students left class and convened outside for 17 minutes. The demonstrations were peaceful and organized, and all occurred without incident.

Prior to these activities, administrators were in close communication with student organizers to help ensure students could lend their voices to the discussion safely and respectfully. However, these events were not school-sponsored. Rather, they were student-led. The District has not endorsed and will not endorse any particular political viewpoint. Our focus remained not on preventing or punishing student involvement in demonstrations, but rather on ensuring the safety and supervision of all students, whether they chose to participate in demonstrations or remain in class.

Staff members at the schools received instructions on how to handle different potential protests, and procedures were put in place to ensure adequate supervision of all students.

The District also worked proactively with local law enforcement agencies on preparations, and extra police presence was on scene at HHS, Marlowe, and Heineman. As a precaution to control traffic flow around the sites of potential demonstrations, the main entrance to the HHS campus was closed from 9:45 a.m. until demonstrations ended.

We thank all of our partners in the community for their cooperation in ensuring the safety of our students, and we thank all who have continued to lend their voices to the discussion of school safety.


Brad Hawk
Interim Superintendent