In-school moment of silence observed at Sussex Central High School

GEORGETOWN – A 17-second moment of silence was the planned in-school observance at Sussex Central High School today on the national student walkout day following the mass shooting at a school in Florida in February.

   Dr. Bradley Layfield

Following is what Sussex Central Principal Dr. Bradley Layfield planned to offer to students and staff this morning:

“One month ago today, the school shooting that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida left our nation in a state of grief, fear and anger.  Our hearts and prayers go out to the parents and families, as well as, the entire school community.”

“As you know, Sussex Central High School is fully devoted to ensuring the safety of our students and staff and we have doubled our efforts in seeking input on other measures to bolster school safety.”

“This morning, I would like to observe a 17-second moment of silence for all of those who lost their lives due to this horrific tragedy; one second for every victim.  Further, I’d like each and every student at Sussex Central to know that your voices matter and that watershed events like this are often a call to action for those who are moved to do so.”

“The most impactful way any student can be heard is with tangible actions.  No matter what your views, personal political beliefs, or potential insights for solutions, we can all agree on this; school violence and murders on school campuses throughout this nation must come to an end.  I suggest that teachers in classrooms, when and where appropriate, engage students in dialogue to have their voices heard.  As a former social studies teacher, I then urge students to inform legislators on the state and federal level of their views and lobby for change.”

“Now, as a sign of solidarity with the victims of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, I would like everyone within the sound of my voice to observe a moment of silence.”

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