Student Protest Comes After Another CHS Threat
Written by Andrew-Rossi on March 23, 2018
Tomorrow, Cody High School students will be organizing an event calling attention to the impact of gun violence on their lives.
Three high school students have organized a protest in conjunction with a larger nationwide movement called March For Our Lives. Caitlyn Murray, editor of the online newspaper CHS Bonfire, says that she and two other seniors are working with the organization Wyoming Rising Northwest to promote tomorrow’s event. She says their hope is to support legislation that would make it more difficult for potential shooters to acquire weapons similar to the ones that have been used in recent acts of violence at schools.
Murray says that she is experiencing some resistance from fellow students, who see the march as an attack on their 2nd amendment rights.
The march tomorrow at 11 a.m. at City Park comes directly after another threat of violence was investigated by high school administrators and law enforcement. Cody High School Principal Jeremiah Johnston notified parents yesterday that a threatening statement was written in a girls’ bathroom stall. Johnston said that the threat referenced causing harm sometime today, March 23rd.
Johnston says that they have investigated the threat and have not been able to identify that it is credible; however, he says they are taking this very seriously. He notes that CHS staff will remain vigilant in ensuring the safety of children while at school, and that additional Cody police officers will be on site today.
Johnston urged parents to speak to their children about the serious nature of any threats regarding school safety, pointing out that making threats could lead to expulsion and legal prosecution.