Waukee High School is hosting a school-wide walkout on March 23 at 11 a.m. in protest of a law it appears the organizers of the event do not understand.
The walkout is in response to a bill that prohibits anyone other than biological females from playing women’s sports in Iowa. But the flyer promoting the walkout says the bill prohibits transgender women from participating in high school or college sports. The Waukee High School GSA Twitter account claims the bill is “discriminatory.”
The walkout is scheduled to happen at 11 a.m. on March 23. Students are walking out of class and heading to the Waukee High School stadium to hear from speakers about the impacts of the bill.
The flyer states any questions regarding the school-wide walkout should be directed towards teachers and staff.
Amy Varcoe, the executive director of communications for Waukee Schools, said the walkout is being promoted by students, not Waukee High School staff.
“Any student that is not in class will be counted absent by staff,” she said.
UPDATE: Varcoe said the rally at the stadium will not be allowed by the district. Instead, the school advised the students to use the public park adjacent to the stadium.
“The students put this together, which is within their right,” Varcoe said. “Needless to say, they did not run their walkout information/flyer by our staff to ask to use the stadium or promote on social media, hence why all the discrepancies.”