Brandywine Heights HS suspends 21 students over walkout

Most students attended symposium on school safety

LONGSWAMP TWP., Pa. - Level-headed, expert-guided dialogue on a tough subject took place inside Brandywine Heights High School's auditorium Wednesday.

"Instead of having students walk out, I wanted to provide them the opportunity to have a voice to talk with someone that can make influential change," said Andrew Potteiger, the district's superintendent.

District leaders, state Sen. Judy Schwank, and state police Trooper David Beohm took questions and concerns from dozens of students just one month after the Parkland, Florida, high school massacre.

Potteiger helped bring the symposium together.

"I appreciate the students' voice," he said.

"Mr. Potteiger is so on top of his game when it comes to safety and security of the school," Beohm said.

School officials shared a new security measure coming soon, called RAPTOR security technology. RAPTOR is a system that scans all visitors' driver licenses to check for red flags in their backgrounds.

That was followed by the students taking the microphone, but not every student took part in that discussion.

School district officials said 21 students walked out of the high school prior to the 10 a.m. symposium and gathered by the flagpole. All of them were suspended for one day.

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