Student walkout planned at BHS on Friday

Students at Bainbridge High are planning a walkout Friday to coincide with the US Youth Climate Strike.

The nationwide strike is being held to call attention to global climate change, as well as an event to show support for the Green New Deal, a proposal in Congress to move to a renewable economy and 100 percent renewable energy by 2030.

The Bainbridge walkout is largely focused on the Green New Deal, said Charlotte Larson Freeman, one of the organizers.

“Basically, the general idea is it’s in support of the Green New Deal,” said Larson Freeman, who is also an officer with the school’s Earth Service Corps, the environmental club at the high school.

While protests elsewhere are planned to be all-day affairs, Larson Freeman said the BHS walkout will be limited to 20 minutes.

Organizers of the walkout have been spreading the word about the event through a Facebook event page, she said.

The event is not endorsed by the high school, and Larson Freeman said it was kept short so it would not interfere with school.

“We don’t want to inconvenience teachers in any way,” she said.

She said she didn’t know how many students would participate, but added that it won’t likely draw the same size of crowd that participated in the school-wide demonstration that followed the Parkland school shooting last year.

That issue touched a nerve with students, she said, given the multiple school lockdowns at Bainbridge High in recent years.

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