Jim Gottinger school superintendent

Gottinger

Badger High School in Lake Geneva is joining other area schools in allowing students to participate in Wednesday's national student walkout to protest gun violence.

School Superintendent Jim Gottinger has issued a statement indicating that Badger students can walk out of classes provided their parents authorize an excused absence in advance.

"This will enable them to leave and return to their classroom in an appropriate manner," Gottinger wrote in a statement posted on the school district's website.

Students at Badger and other area high schools plan to walk out of classes Wednesday at 10 a.m. to demonstrate against gun violence. The walkout is scheduled to last 17 minutes in recognition of 17 lives lost at a mass shooting Feb. 14 at a high school in Parkland, Florida.

Gottinger said parents or guardians should contact Badger High School in advance to authorize their children to join the exercise.

Badger student organizer Wyatt VanDyke said he expects 100 or more students to participate.