Board member critical of walkout



March 26, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Jennifer Coltrane

At least one USD 257 board member registered her discomfort with the student-led walkout at Iola High School earlier this month. The protest, billed as a rally intended to draw attention to the subject of school safety, was organized in reaction to February’s school shooting in Parkland, Fla.

“[The walkout] was perceived as political by a lot of people and it was perceived as being very supported by our administrators,” said board member Jennifer Coltrane, “and I just didn’t really think that that was appropriate for what we’re here for.

Not to minimize [the shooting] — lives were lost — but I don’t know that it needs to be something kids walk out of school for.”

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