NFA outlines student participation in Wednesday National School Walkout

Norwich – The Norwich Free Academy student body will gather on the athletic field Wednesday for a non-political show of support for the victims of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting and to stand in opposition to school violence.

The event is part of a National School Walkout planned for 10 a.m. Wednesday.

NFA students and staff who choose not to participate will be directed to specific areas within their classroom buildings, school officials said.

Participating students will begin by walking together on the school track and will gather at the center of the football field. At 10 a.m., student speakers will begin a program that will include students reading brief biographies of each of the 14 student victims who lost their lives in Parkland, Fla. A bell will toll for each victim, and a final bell will signify the goal to end school violence.

Norwich police plan to participate in the event, assisting NFA Campus Safety Department with security and to walk and stand with the students.

The event was planned for “rain or shine,” but school officials said if Tuesday’s projected snowfall makes the field inaccessible, student planners will be involved in making any alterations to the plan.

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