Bristol Twp School District Responds to Tuesday’s Student Walk Out- Protest
On Wednesday Bristol Township School District officials released a statement with regards to students protesting at Harry S. Truman High School on Tuesday in support of women’s rights to choose.
Spokeswoman for BTSD Kellie Dietrich, of The Communication Solutions Group, Inc sent the following statement to Lower Bucks Source yesterday.
The Truman administration is treating yesterday’s walk-out as a skipped class without permission. This is resulting in detention hours, but no students are banned from attending prom or graduation.
“Yesterday morning, Truman’s Principal Jon Craig read this statement to the student body and staff:
Our administrative team is aware of a possible student-led demonstration that may occur today or in the near future. We understand the emotions and feelings that are circulating around this national discussion as we potentially watch a historic moment unfold.
We are proud that our student body, and supporting faculty, want to be part of this national conversation and express their valued opinions. We support student free speech as it applies to the school environment and we know you want your voices heard.
The Truman administration will not obstruct peaceful free speech, but will enforce school rules and policies as needed. On any day if students walk out of class or skip class without permission, this would be a violation and consequences would be warranted.
We encourage our students to continue to dialogue with us as they already have with this matter and others. We can work together to open up conversations with district officials, school board members, and local representatives to assure your voice is heard.
We believe in diversity, equality, and inclusion here at Harry S Truman and we want to work with our students to provide a welcoming environment where our students feel empowered, engaged, and inspired as they become productive, competitive members of an ever-changing society.
Thanks for your time and have a great Tiger Tuesday.”