Dillon student upset they weren't allowed to walk out as part of school safety movement

Dillon High School (WPDE file)

A student at Dillon High School said she was very frustrated by not being allowed to walk out or take part in the national movement to honor the 17 people killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla.

The student, who wishes to remain anonymous, sent us the following message via social media:

I have a complaint with Dillon High they saying we can’t walk out at 10:00!am for the parkland victims and I feel like we should be able to show our respect to them kids that has been killed.

We took the student's concerns to Dillon School District Four administrators the district's Assistant Superintendent Dr. Polly Elkins sent the following statement:

"Dillon High School had a plan and a moment of silence this morning for the victims. Dillon High School also had a plan that if a student wanted to walk out, they were allowed to go to the cafeteria to speak to a guidance counselor or discuss among themselves for 17 minutes. No one was stopped from exiting, but they were told about the safety and the code of conduct of leaving class without permission (for their safety.) Administration went to classrooms where students wanted to talk and they discussed the issue together. They were told of alternate ways for standing up for their cause. No student asked to leave or be excused as well as no one showed a will to walk out. "

Several school districts across the Pee Dee and Grand Strand are taking part in the event, but aren't allowing students to walk out of class.

District administrators said it's disruptive and not safe.

Related: Horry County students take part in National Walk Out Day; schools shy away from politics

Longtime Florence attorney Gary Finklea weighed in on the issue.

Finklea said students have the right to freedom of speech, but school districts have to maintain control of what's happening in their schools.

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