The following was sent to Andrew families on Wednesday, March 14, 2018
This morning, an estimated 600 Andrew students participated in a peaceful and student-organized act of demonstration related to school safety. Communicating via Twitter, they invited students to gather in the stadium at 10 am. They spent approximately 17 minutes reading biographies of the lives lost in the Florida school shooting and calling for peace, kindness, and community. At the conclusion, they respectfully returned to class by 10:35 am. Those students who chose to not participate in the demonstration remained in classrooms with teachers.
As was communicated to families on February 26 in anticipation of possible demonstrations, managing safety was the school’s primary focus. This included school officials coordinating with local law enforcement to assist in ensuring student safety. We are very appreciative of the incredible support from the Tinley Park Police Department. The students who participated conducted themselves in a positive manner as they expressed their beliefs related to school safety.