No additional patrols during school walkouts

DE PERE, Wis. (WBAY) -- Wednesday marks one month since the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, and Northeast Wisconsin students are paying tribute.

In a nationwide movement, students will walk out of their classrooms at 10 o’clock Wednesday morning for 17 minutes, honoring the 17 students who were killed.

Many schools across the Action 2 News viewing area will take part in the walkout.

One such district is De Pere, as De Pere Middle School and De Pere High School students have walkouts planned.

De Pere staff tell Action 2 News tomorrow’s school day will be just like any other day.

“Our kids are outside for gym class, they're outside in the morning. They're outside when they leave our building at 3:00. So we do what we can in the situation that we know,” says Betty Hartman, principal of De Pere Middle School.

By all accounts, it will be business as usual, with a 17-minute dedication Wednesday morning at 10:00.

By 10:20, students should be back to their classrooms, with security measures they are used to seeing every day, like two sets of locked doors, and a sign-in sheet at the front office.

“If there's ever a threat or we feel like there's a problem with safety then we respond to that accordingly,” Hartman says.

That’s not something School Resource Officer Dennis Gladwell expects to see.

“I don't think it's an increased risk any more than it would be if you're going to go to a football game,” he says. “[Students] go outside for recess all the time. So I don't see that being different than what's going on tomorrow.”

Officer Gladwell says the School Resource Officers will be there during the school walkouts, but there will not be an increased patrol presence by the police department.

“There isn't anything different than what we would normally do,” he says. “We always keep an eye on our schools.”

Emergency responders will still be prepared in the event of an emergency.