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Jane Henegar,

March 13, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS — The ACLU of Indiana sent an open letter today to public school administrators, principals and board members, in anticipation of Wednesday’s National School Walkout. Evoking the student-led protest movements of the past, the letter urges school leaders to respect students’ First Amendment rights, foster discussion among students with different views, and use the opportunity to educate students about the value of civic engagement and activism.

“As an organization that works to harness the power of grassroots activism to affect positive change, the ACLU of Indiana is inspired by these courageous young people and committed to protecting their rights,” wrote Jane Henegar, ACLU of Indiana Executive Director. “This is a unique moment in history, and a singular opportunity for many high school students. The lessons you teach your students now will be with them for life. We urge you to foster your students’ civic awakening, and help to ensure the health of our democracy in decades to come.”