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Statement from Crestwood High School Regarding Media Representation of Student-led Peaceful Walkout

DEARBORN HEIGHTS, MI – October 21, 2023 – Crestwood High School, located at 1501 Beech Daly, Dearborn Heights, MI 48127, addresses recent media portrayals of our student-led peaceful walkout.

On Friday, October 20, 2023, at 9:55 a.m., a group of Crestwood High School students organized and participated in a peaceful walkout. This gesture was intended to show solidarity with innocent children affected by ongoing global conflicts, a sentiment resonating deeply within our school community due to personal family connections.

Students across the United States frequently engage in walkouts and other forms of peaceful protest in response to concerns that personally and globally impact them. At Crestwood High School, we uphold and respect everyone’s First Amendment rights. It’s crucial for students, like those across the nation, to have the opportunity to voice their concerns in a respectful and safe environment.

We understand the media’s pivotal role in shaping public opinion and wish to remind all media outlets of the responsibility that comes with journalism. Baseless claims and misrepresentations can lead to unintended consequences, undermining the principle of responsible reporting.

Principal Roni Abdulhadi stated, “Our foremost priority is the safety and security of our students and staff. As we honor the right of expression, we also emphasize that media portrayals should accurately reflect the intent and context of our students’ actions. The Crestwood School District will continue to promote a safe and secure environment for all of our students and staff.”

We urge all media outlets to approach their coverage with integrity, understanding, and responsibility to ensure the safety and well-being of all.