A group of approximately 30 students walked out of Geneva High School on Tuesday after saying they have been mistreated on basis of race, gender, and sexual orientation.
Among the concerns brought to light by students were misusing names, pronouns, and even an allegation of a racial slur being used late last week.
On Wednesday, the school went into ‘hold in place’ protocols twice in a matter of hours after unfounded reports of a gun in the building.
The first ‘hold’ took place at 10:05 a.m. and lasted until 10:40 a.m. The second took place at 1:15 p.m., after an alleged fight broke out, and was ended after 2 p.m.
School officials say police responded and the building was secured.
“As with all matters of student safety, we take this very seriously. Our school administrators and Geneva police officers questioned students and conducted a full search of student lockers. No airsoft gun was found, and the hold-in-place was lifted at about 10:40 a.m.,” the district said in a letter to family. “Providing a safe and secure learning environment is of top priority for our school system. Extensive security measures are in place to help us maintain a safe campus. Students who knowingly make false reports of a threat to safety will face severe consequences in accordance with our code of conduct; disruptions of this nature cause a loss of valuable instructional time and create the perception of an unsafe atmosphere and will not be tolerated.”
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