Statement from Superintendent Wiegand Regarding Centennial Protest

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 5:17pm

From Superintendent Wiegand:

Yesterday, students at Centennial High School approached school administration regarding their plan to have a peaceful protest to share their views on the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases.   We understand that these issues are the topic of national discussion and, as educators, our intent is to provide a space where issues such as these can be discussed and all viewpoints can be shared respectfully.  Our schools are safe places where students are encouraged to share their ideas about the world around them and become engaged in the democratic process.

Centennial High School Administration allowed students the opportunity to safely voice their opinions and a peaceful protest took place inside the school.   While a group of students returned to class immediately afterwards as planned, other students made the decision to leave the building and protest outside.   This group of students went into the street and damage occurred to a motorist's vehicle. We are disappointed and saddened that this occurred in an otherwise peaceful demonstration.   Today, we are having conversations with both students and staff about moving forward, including more specific ways to appropriately exercise their rights. ​