DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. – Approximately 1,100 students in two suburban Chicago high schools to submit hour-long prison sentences for participating in this week’s walkout to protest gun violence.
Students at Downers Grove North and South high Schools may serve their detention before or after school on weekdays and on Saturday. Community High School District 99 spokeswoman Jill Browning said that the arrests were given after school officials met with students before Wednesday’s walkout and offered alternatives “that would not disturb the educational environment.”
Browning says that the students have said that they consider the arrests “a ‘badge of honor’ and a symbol that they are really protesting and standing up for their rights at a personal cost.” The nationwide walkouts were planned after a gunman killed 17 students in the last month at a high school in the Park, Florida.
Browning said 3,900 students remained in the class during the walkout.