By Tim Kowols and Roger Utnehmer
Students across the country walked out of classrooms Wednesday in protest of school violence, including three local events at Gibraltar, Sturgeon Bay, Sevastopol, Algoma, and Southern Door. At Gibraltar, approximately 90 students participated in the 17-minute walk-out while they read the names of those killed during last month’s shooting in Parkland, Florida. Principal Gereon Methner says it provided great conversation regarding school safety and student expression.
At Sturgeon Bay, a DoorCountyDailyNews.com reporter was banned from covering a student protest this morning at Sturgeon Bay High School. Eric Fischer was told by a Sturgeon Bay police officer that news reporters were not allowed on school property. Although reporters were prohibited from covering the student protest, members of the public were allowed to participate. About a dozen adults were on school property, some holding signs supporting students. Sturgeon Bay District Administrator Dan Tjernagel told DoorCountyDailyNews.com that he and High School principal Robert Nickel did not want to grant news media access to the school.