NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Several students staged a walkout Tuesday at McGavock High School to show administrators they want more active shooter training.
Some of the students told News 2 it’s not uncommon to hear screaming in the hallways, but with recent school shootings, like the one in Florida last week, it’s gut-wrenching to think it could be real and they wouldn’t know what to do.
“I just feel really underprepared for if something like this happens,” student Josie Pate said. “Say, we were to experience the unfortunate event of something like this happening at our school. I feel like the teachers have a lot of workshops on these things and as a student, I would want the same kind of education and courses on how to handle something like that.”
Participants said they’ve told Principal Robbin Wall that they feel unsafe and want more training classes.
Metro Schools said they understand students concerns.
In a statement, a schools spokesperson said, “MNPS recognizes and supports students’ right to peaceful protest – especially in light of recent events. We understand students may be concerned about security in their schools and want answers. Today, students at McGavock High School had questions for administration. Principal Robbin Wall listened and heard their concerns, ‘We had a productive conversation with the students and look forward to working with them to continue to make MHS as safe as it can be.’ Students play a very important role in the safety of all MNPS schools in that safety depends on everybody doing their part. That means students should not prop open doors, pay attention and participate in all drills, don’t leave during a fire alarm, and most importantly sharing information – telling adults about social media, or other threats against our schools.”