Safety. Voice. Connection.--BHS Students Raise their Voices about School Safety

Seventeen minutes in honor of the 17 students from Florida.
Seventeen minutes in honor of the 17 students from Florida.
Seventeen seconds of Silence
Seventeen seconds of Silence
School, city and county representatives attend the assembly.
School, city and county representatives attend the assembly.
Principal Mischke asks students to make a pledge to contribute.
Principal Mischke asks students to make a pledge to contribute.
Students pledge to contribute.
Students pledge to contribute.
Students ask questions of school, city and county officials.
Students ask questions of school, city and county officials.
Students ask questions of school, city and county officials.
Students ask questions of school, city and county officials.
Students ask questions of school, city and county officials.
Students ask questions of school, city and county officials.
Students ask questions of Dr. Scott Thielman, BHM Superintendent.
Students ask questions of Dr. Scott Thielman, BHM Superintendent.
State Representative Marion O'Neill addresses student concerns.
State Representative Marion O'Neill addresses student concerns.
BHS students ask State Representative Marion O'Neill questions about gun control and mental health issues.
BHS students ask State Representative Marion O'Neill questions about gun control and mental health issues.
BHS students ask State Representative Marion O'Neill questions about gun control and mental health issues.
BHS students ask State Representative Marion O'Neill questions about gun control and mental health issues.
BHS students ask State Representative Marion O'Neill questions about gun control and mental health issues.
BHS students ask State Representative Marion O'Neill questions about gun control and mental health issues.

SAFETY. VOICE. CONNECTION. Those were the three points BHS administration stressed with students during the week of March 11-16 at school. While students on Wednesday, March 13 around the country walked out of schools to have their voices be heard, most BHS students walked into an assembly where Principal Mischke addressed students about school safety. He recognized the 17 students in Florida (and other victims of school violence) with 17 seconds of silence, introduced the mayors of our three communities, the superintendent, members from the school board, Wright County Sheriff Joe Hagerty and Buffalo Chief of Police Pat Budke and asked students to make a pledge to "commit to contribute." Mischke quoted author Brené Brown as a point to his brief presentation, "At the end of the day, at the end of the week, at the end of my life I want to be able to say that I contributed more than I criticized."

Those school and public officials returned to the Performing Arts Center (PAC) at BHS Wednesday afternoon to take student's questions regarding school safety in order to have their voices heard. Students voiced their concerns and frustrations and had conversations about what they can do to make their school safe.

Students returned to the PAC Friday, March 16 to listen to House Representative Marion O'Neill talk about what is happening at the state capitol and the legislation making it's way through the house and the senate. Students once again asked thought provoking questions regarding gun laws and mental health issues.