LCHS to hold school safety and security panel discussion

LCHS to hold school safety and security panel discussion

Lake City High School will hold a school safety and security panel discussion for students and staff on Friday.

The school’s HOPE Club is organizing the event as an alternative to another national school walkout that coincides with the nineteenth anniversary of the Columbine school shooting in Colorado.

The HOPE (Helping Other People Everywhere) Club previously organized a school walkout on March 14 as part of a nationwide student demonstration to focus on school safety a month after the Parkland, Florida, school shooting.

The time, the club says they want to promote constructive discussion about school safety.

“We’ve been repeatedly told by our community members that we are young and don’t understand what is really happening and that we are doing the wrong thing, but this is our opportunity as the youth to persuade officials to understand there needs to be a change in the safety of our students and teachers. This event will allow us to be constructive and receive answers to the questions we’ve wanted to ask,” sophomore Zoe O’Brien said.

Lake City sophomore Seerit Kaur said, “This is not a right or left issue, we just want to be safe at school. We want official answers because we need change, and we won’t have any change without starting the discussion. The panel will be a positive event and we encourage our student body to get involved. School safety affects everyone, and students need to understand what is happening in their school lives.”

The panel discussion will begin at 10:30 a.m. and continue until 1 p.m. in the school auditorium.

Panel members will include Coeur d’Alene Public Schools Superintendent Stan Olson; Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger; Coeur d’Alene Police School Resource Officer Nate Petersen; Lake City Assistant Principal Bryan Kelly; Lake City teachers Tracy Turrell, Kim Gray and Jesse Affeldt; and Don Robinson, the Health Crisis Intervention Services Manager for Kootenai Behavioral Health.

Students can attend during their lunch period, or teachers can bring their B-7 classes to attend. Students can submit questions in advance for panel members. Questions must focus on school safety and security topics.

The discussion is not open to the public. You can find more information on the discussion at the @lakecitywalkout Instagram account.