Administration stops father's attempt to interrupt school protest

Administrators at Lafayette Jeff High School are disputing a man's claim about testing the school's safety during the National Walkout on Wednesday.

Posted: Mar. 15, 2018 6:52 PM
Updated: Mar. 15, 2018 9:34 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)—  Lafayette Jefferson High School principal Mark Preston said their school is centered around safety.

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On Wednesday morning, students at Lafayette Jefferson High School participated in a nationwide school walk-out.

Justin Richardson, the father of a student at the school, wanted to make a statement about school safety by walking into the building, he claims "unsupervised."

Every visitor must be buzzed into the building unless they are a member of the school. Teachers and faculty members have access to the school with key fobs. After a visitor is buzzed in, they must go through two sets of doors. Once they have reached the main desk, they are asked for a photo ID and to sign in.

Because Richardson had been in the building earlier on Wednesday, he was already recognized by faculty and was not required to sign in again.

According to the school, Richardson was escorted out by security after trying to give red cards to students and faculty.

The school says the cards were intended to "mark students as victims" of a school shooting to make a statement.

Cheyne Spencer is a parent of a student at Jefferson and has been involved in school activities for years.

"My son is a senior there," Spencer said. "Six years ago my other son graduated from there and I have never ever been able to just walk in the school."

Preston wants the community to focus on the walkout.

"More than anything we are proud of what our kids did and preparing for the walkout," Preston said. 

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