No matter how people feel about the reasons behind the walkout, Bubna says students conducted themselves in positive, respectful fashion

    The dozens of Crookston High School students who walked out of their classes at 10 a.m. on March 14 – a month after the deadly shooting at Marjorie Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida that killed 17 students and staff – and spoke for 17 minutes in support of school safety and against gun violence, received high praise at Monday’s Crookston School Board meeting.

    “I was proud of them,” CHS Principal Eric Bubna said. “Regardless of what side of the issue you’re on, I was proud to seem them do it respectfully and in positive fashion. No matter how you feel on the issues, I would hope we can all be proud of how they conducted themselves.”

    The student walkout, held at CHS as part of a national student walkout, wouldn’t have come up at Monday’s meeting, but during the administrator reports portion at the end, Board Chair Frank Fee asked Bubna for his thoughts on the walkout. Bubna’s thoughts spurred others to offer their compliments to the students as well.

    “They sent a message loud and clear; they were orderly, well-behaved, and then they went right back into class afterward,” School Resource Officer Don Rasicot said. “It was a good experience for them, and the staff, too, I think.”

    Board member Dave Davidson said he viewed the walkout from his vehicle in the CHS parking lot. He said he timed it to see if the students would go back into the school after 17 minutes, which he said they did. Davidson said he also wanted to see if any students participating in the walkout would make a dash to their vehicles and leave school. “No one left,” he said.