CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Students across the country walked out of school Wednesday as part of a national effort to remember the 17 victims killed at Marjorie Stoneman-Douglas High School on Feb. 14.
Lowcountry schools and school districts had a varied response to discipline, but many students at Summerville High School, West Ashley High School, Goose Creek High School and Charleston County School for the Arts walked out. Those at James Island Charter High School walked out, but were confined to a location on school grounds.
Fort Dorchester High School students walked out of classrooms and into the hallway. A one-minute biography of each victim of the Parkland mass shooting was then read aloud.
Many are also using the moment to call for stricter gun control laws on both the national and state level.
Bishop England High School was one of the few which announced that students are participating in the event. Students and staff walked out into the school's courtyard and prayed in unison for victims of the Parkland, Fla.
Below are the responses from different school districts in the Lowcountry.
Dorchester District 2
District Officials say the information will be coming soon on how the schools will manage the walk out.
Charleston County School District
Charleston County School District Spokesperson Erica Taylor released a statement after the walkout event Wednesday afternoon:
Today's activities of remembrance were organized with school safety and security as the primary focus; and based on feedback from school leaders, the events were successful.
Each school that participated worked with student leadership to develop a plan for activities of remembrance based on the interest of their student body.
Some of the activities that occurred at our schools were peaceful gatherings outside, silent gatherings inside, students locking arms throughout hallways, assemblies promoting peace, and even students walking laps for each of the 17 lives lost at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL one month ago.
It is important to share that the team that developed the plans for today decided not to share the names of schools participating and to have closed campuses so that we could ensure that students could participate without concerns for safety.
Earlier, District Supt. Dr. Gerrita Postlewait said she supports students who planned to participate in the walkout. She is working with the principals of participating schools to make sure there is a plan in place to ensure students' safety. District Officials say they will be releasing more information on Tuesday.
Berkeley County School District
Officials with the Berkeley County School District released the following statement Tuesday evening:
As you may be aware, there have been national, state and local discussions regarding a March 14 Student Walk Out. Upon receipt of legal advice from our District counsel and review of BCSD Board policy, the District cannot promote any political protest or do any such act that transforms our schools into arenas for political activity. Although the District believes in the democratic process, promoting or permitting one protest necessarily would cause the District to have to do the same for other protests.
Accordingly, the District will operate pursuant to district policy and disciplinary procedures regarding the March 14 Student Walk Out. However, middle and high schools will recognize a 170 second moment of silence beginning at 10 am tomorrow to remember the lives lost in school shootings across our nation.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our district office at 843-899-8600.
District officials say thought it might be dangerous for students to walk outside during the walkout, they are allowing students to participate by walking to the gym.
Georgetown County School District
The Director of Communications says middle and high school students will be allowed to walk out of their classes between 10 a.m. and 10:17 a.m. Wednesday morning, but they are encouraged to stay indoors for their safety.
Colleton County School District
District officials say participating schools will pause to recognize the victims of the Florida high school shooting and there are plans in place for the students to honor them.