Secret Protest Plan Discovered by BHS Administration, Stern Warning of Disciplinary Action to Participants by Principal Troetti

Report by Paula Antolini
March 13, 2018 2:54PM EDT



BREAKING NEWS: Secret Student Protest Plan Discovered by BHS Administration, Stern Warning of Disciplinary Action to Participants by Principal Troetti


A secret student plan was discovered by the Bethel High School (BHS) administration today, that some students intended on conducting a further protest after the school-planned presentation that was called a “civics lesson” in BHS Principal Troetti’s first letter, and a memorial to the 17 victims from the Florida shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018.

Apparently students are communicating on Snapchat, among other platforms, here is a copy of the recent communication:

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Bethel High School principal Christopher Troetti sent the following email to students, parents and guardians early this afternoon:

Dear Students, Parents/Guardians,

The advisory created for March 14th offers students the opportunity to honor those who lost their lives to school violence and to learn about ways they can share their opinions with others about this issue.

It has come to our attention that some students are planning a walkout at some point before or after advisory on March 14th.  Although we respect their willingness to express concern over the issue of school violence, we cannot condone or support a walkout during the school day.  Aside from creating a risk to student safety, walkouts are considered a violation of Bethel Board of Education Policy and a disruption to the educational process (see below for policies and regulations). Therefore, any student participating in a walkout will be subject to disciplinary action.

Policy 5114(d)

III.  Actions Leading to Disciplinary Action, including Removal from Class, Suspension and/or Expulsion

Conduct which may lead to disciplinary action (including, but not limited to, removal from class, suspension and/or expulsion) includes conduct on school grounds or at a school-sponsored activity (including on a school bus), and conduct off school grounds, as set forth above.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to, the following:

9. A walk-out from or sit-in within a classroom or school building or school grounds.


Policy/Regulation 1140(C)

“Material and substantial disruption” of a normal school activity is defined as follows:

(a) Where the normal school activity is an educational program of the District for which student attendance is compulsory, “material and substantial disruption” is defined as any disruptive activity which interferes with or impedes the implementation of that program.

(b) Where the normal school activity is voluntary in nature (including, without limitation, school athletic events, school plays and concerts, and lunch periods), “material and substantial disruption” is defined as altercations, rioting, unlawful seizures of property, widespread shouting or boisterous demonstrations, sit-ins, stand-ins, walk-outs, or other related forms of activity.

In order for the distributed or displayed material to be considered disruptive, there must exist specific facts upon which the likelihood of disruption can be forecast including past experience in the school, current events influencing student activities and behavior, and instances of actual or threatened disruption relating to the written material in question.


Student safety and education are our primary concern.  Thank you for your continued partnership.



Bethel High School


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