Unsubstantiated threat keeps planned D.C. Everest student walkout indoors

Published: Mar. 14, 2018 at 11:56 AM CDT
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D.C. Everest high school students planning to participate in the nationwide school walkout were kept indoors Wednesday after an unsubstantiated threat was investigated by police and the school district.

Superintendent Kristine Gilmore tells NewsChannel 7 police were immediately contacted after a few students reported hearing about a potential threat to the school on social media.

An investigation found that there was no threat on social media.

Many students planned to participate in a walkout in conjunction with the nationwide school walkouts to honor the Florida school shooting victims and to protest gun violence.

The school district decided to allow those students to gather indoors.

"Due to the student walk outs planned today across the nation, we felt it was best to provide students an option inside the building. Therefore, all walkouts will occur within our schools so that we can ensure the safety of our students, " said Gilmore in a letter to parents.

About 150 students gathered in the gym to participate in the walkout. They read each victim's name, and held a minute of silence to honor them - 17 minutes total, representing the 17 lives lost in the Valentine's Day shooting in Florida.

"The event went off with kids with different views and different opinions but in a really great way," Gilmore explained to NewsChannel 7. "They spent that time thinking about those 17 that have lost their lives, and hoping that their school can continue to be a safe place for all to attend."

"It was moving, it was very emotional," D.C. Everest senior Noah Witte said. "There were tears shed by many students. It was a very emotional and great way moment for our students and our community to come together."

Gilmore said the school district is committed to the safety and education of all students and the district wants to clearly communicate with parents about safety issues when they arise.