Hundreds of students walk out at schools across southwest Ohio, Statehouse

Published: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 @ 9:32 AM

SKY7: Aerial view of Oakwood HS student walkout to remember Parkland shooting victims

Thousands of students across the nation walked out of class today to draw attention to school safety, gun control, and the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla.

Scheduled around 10 a.m. at schools across America, the events vary widely locally depending on school districts and individual schools, with almost all events lasting less than a half hour. Some involve short ceremonies inside of schools while others include students stepping outside.

This newsroom has crews at schools across the region. Here’s the latest:


» Thousands of local students walk out: ‘Community should be very proud’

» Can students get in trouble for #NeverAgain school walkouts?

» ACLU warns Ohio schools: We’re watching how you handle student protests

UPDATE @ 3:50 p.m.

More than 200 students from dozens of high schools across the state met with state lawmakers and held press conferences, seeking solutions to gun violence and school shootings. 

One group advocated for fewer police in schools, saying students need more nurses, counselors and social workers – not armed officers. 

Another group, which included Oakwood High School students, rallied for gun restrictions such as improved background checks and bans on bump stocks and assault weapons. 

“I think that arming teachers is a disastrous idea,” said Allison Singleton, a senior at Walnut Hills HS in Cincinnati. Schools should be safe places for learning. “Arming teachers would totally destroy that.” 

Oakwood HS senior Sara Laatz said they were there to remind lawmakers that they are future voters and make them aware that they’d be held accountable for their positions.

UPDATE @ 3:10 p.m.

Dayton Public Schools spokeswoman Marsha Bonhart said several hundred students participated in a walkout at Stivers School for the Arts.

It was, considering the circumstances, very emotional,” Bonhart said.

Other high schools in the district had events held inside events with members of the Dayton Police Department, she said.

UPDATE @ 2:15 p.m.

Stebbins High School students participated in “sit-ins” today during student advisory periods, said Mad River Local Schools Superintendent Chad Wyen.

“Our high school principal, Tina Simpson, facilitated the conversation during the sit-ins which revolved around school safety,” he said.

UPDATE @ 1:45 p.m.

One-hundred students at Tippecanoe High School and 75 students at Tippecanoe Middle School participated in walkouts today, said Superintendent Gretta Kumpf.

“The board policy allows students to assemble peaceably and to express ideas and opinions so long as the exercise does not infringe on the rights of others and does not interfere with school operations,” Kumpf said.

“Students who participated in today’s walkout were respectful of the observation and conducted themselves in a peaceful manner. There will be no consequences for these students who stayed on school property and returned to class at the conclusion of today’s event,” she said.

UPDATE @ 1:20 p.m.

Centerville City Schools Superintendent Tom Henderson said about 400 of the high school’s 2,800 students participated in a walk out on school grounds.

Another 20 students, he said, also demonstrated with signs in support of the National Rifle Association.

All the demonstrating students, he said, signed a banner for the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

“While the speeches were going on, these 20 students with a slightly different view listened and were respectful,” Henderson said. “The other thing I thought was neat was, at the end, they went up to the student leaders who organized the event and asked if they could sign the banner too.”

Although a letter to students from school principal John Carroll said unexecused absences would be counted for participating students, Henderson on Wednesday told this news organization there would be no school-issued consequences for students who participated.

UPDATE @ 12:30 p.m.

Bellbrook High School principal Chris Baker said students at the school did an “outstanding job” organizing an optional assembly for students today.

The students held a moment of silence for the victims in Parlkand, he said.

“Our student resource officer spoke with the kids about school safety as part of the program we had today,” Baker said.

UPDATE @ 12:15 p.m.

Most of the 350 students at Yellow Springs High School participated in a walkout today, said Superintendent Mario Basora.

Basora said he was proud of students for getting involved, no matter the side they take in the national debate.

"I believe this is a great learning opportunity for our students and a great opportunity for them to express their feelings and their thoughts about gun violence and do it in a way that's productive and can engage in public discourse around this issue," he said. "We couldn't be more proud of our kids for their advocacy, for their civic engagement in the democratic process."

UPDATE @ 11:20 a.m.

Several hundred students at Centerville High School walked out this morning, according to social media from students.

About 10 other students counter-protested, said Nikita Sandella, a senior who raised money for the Parkland victims and their families.

Students walked out at Centerville High School. About 10 counter protesters were on scene. @NikitaSandella / CONTRIBUTED

School administrators did not allow media to access the school facilities. The walkout occurred in the stadium.

Students signed a poster reading “Elks stand with Stoneman Douglas.”

John Carroll, the principal, referred questions to Superintendent Thomas Henderson, who did not immediately return a request for comment.

UPDATE @  11:06 a.m. 

Students and staff at Wayne High School in Huber Heights wore the school colors of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School today, a district spokesman said.

“Wayne will also have a moment of silence for the mass shooting victims at their pep assembly today,” said Zack Frink, the spokesman. “Prior to today, Wayne’s student council led the way in having students sign and then sending a poster to Marjory Stoneman.”

UPDATE @ 10:50 a.m.

Several students at Lebanon High School walked out of class this morning “to honor the victims in the Parkland, Fla. shooting and to plea for safer schools,” said Superintendent Todd Yohey.

The superintendent said there were no issues and that local law enforcement were on hand to secure the school grounds.

“Our community should be very proud of its high school students today,” Yohey said. “For those that think teenagers don’t get it or don’t have a right to try and change their world, let today serve as evidence that you are wrong. It is a great day to be a Lebanon Warrior.”

UPDATE @ 10:44 a.m.

A walkout at Kettering Fairmont High School lasted seven minutes and attracted a few hundred students. 

Organizers read the names of the 17 Florida school shooting victims who were killed. Fairmont students also rang the school's spirit bell 17 times. 

“I feel that school violence is not OK and that there shouldn’t be school shootings,” said Melinda Gnau, a sophomore. “These victims didn’t deserve it, and they had a future, and it was stopped because of a gun.”

» Emails show local schools wrestling with student protests after Florida shooting

Other students said it was important for them that the event be a remembrance of the Florida victims without political views. 

Students "wanted to make sure it wasn't about politics," said Fairmont senior Preston Collins, 18. 

"It's important because we all come together as one to support people who lost their lives," senior Cayla Teeters, 17.

UPDATE @ 10:38 a.m.

Between 25 and 50 students walked out of classes at Springfield High School today. 

Springfield High is holding moments of silence throughout the day to honor the students of the Parkland, Fla., shooting and asked students not to walk out as part of a national movement today. 

Students there could face punishment for walking out, district leaders said.

UPDATE @ 10:25 a.m.

About 10 students walked out of classes this morning at West Liberty-Salem High School as part of a national effort to support the victims of a Florida school shooting and push for reforms. 

A small group of residents supporting the students also lined the street across from the high school, holding signs and cheering for the students when they walked out of the building.

» Shooting victim discourages walkout participation

West Liberty-Salem was the site of a school shooting on Jan. 20, 2017. Two students were shot, one seriously injured. 

Students who walk out will face consequences, West Liberty Superintendent Kraig Hissong and several other Clark and Champaign County school leaders said.

Logan Cole, the victim of the West Liberty-Salem High School shooting last year, took to social media to speak out against the demonstrations. Instead, he’ll lead a memorial service during lunch and homeroom.

UPDATE @ 10:11 a.m.

Several hundred Oakwood High School students have walked out of school, according to reporters on scene.

One student there said he plans on attending the march later today at the Ohio Statehouse.

UPDATE @ 10 a.m.

Students are walking out at Fairmont High School in Kettering, according to a reporter on scene. 

“We will have a student led remembrance to honor the victims at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School from 10:00-10:17,” principal Tyler Alexander told this newsroom yesterday. “Students who choose not to participate in the event will be in class with teachers, just like a normal day.”

UPDATE @ 9:30 a.m.

More than 500 students participated in Springboro schools at the high school and junior high.

Students Riley Weisman and Ella Bowman are to speak on “making a change” and school safety, according to student Suhavi Salmon.

There will be time for prayer and mourning, student leaders said. Then, a 17-second moment of silence will be held.

The event is expected to end with a balloon launch to honor the 17 victims of the Parkland school shooting.

Students walked out at Springboro High School. LAWRENCE BUDD / STAFF

Read more coverage of school safety issues:

» Fairborn police: Schools won’t release records about arrested 12-year-old

» After school threats, Dayton-area children face next step: Court

Trending - Most Read Stories

Officials investigate after person is shot in the mouth in Trotwood 

Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 12:32 AM
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 2:22 AM

UPDATE @ 2:25 a.m: Officials continue to investigate after a person was shot in the mouth in Trotwood early Friday morning.

OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Two suspected metal thieves caught red-handed at Hewitt Soap Factory

Initial reports indicate the shooting occurred in the 4700 block of Knollcroft Road just after midnight. 

The suspect was not on scene when authorities arrived, but officials are describing the suspect vehicle as a black Lincoln SUV. 

The victim was transported to Miami Valley Hospital on unknown conditions.


Crews are responding to the 4700 block of Knollcroft Road in Trotwood on a reported shooting that occurred early Friday morning.

The incident was dispatched around 12:20 a.m., per initial reports.

We will continue to update this story with more details. 

Trending - Most Read Stories

Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Friday, March 02, 2018 @ 2:52 AM
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 1:22 AM

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

Major Highway Incidents

  • No incidents to report. 

Surface Street Incidents

  • No incidents to report. 

>> RELATED: WHIO App-Winter

>> RELATED: Track the latest conditions in your neighborhood on our live WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

Live look at highways on our traffic cameras here.

Latest traffic conditions are also available on our traffic map. 


  • Arlington Road between Pleasant Plain and Upper Lewisburg Salem Road, BRIDGE CLOSURE, March 5 - Sept. 30. All ramps for I-70 will remain open. 
  • Keowee Street north of Stanley Avenue, bridge closed until 2019. The official detour is: Keowee Street to Stanley Avenue to I-75 to Wagner Ford Road and back to Dixie. More information is available here.
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east.
  • SR 48 between First Street and Riverdale Street, Lane closures March 19 - April 1. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 4 north/south between I-70 and Lower Valley Pike, Lane closure April 2 - 26. One northbound and two southbound lanes will remain open. 
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west, RAMP CLOSURE, March 12 - Sept. 30. The official detour is: I-75 north to US 35 east to Jefferson/Main Street to Ludlow Street to US 35 west. 
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west and east, Lane width restriction until Apr. 1, 2018. One lane will remain open on the ramp with a width of 11 feet.
  • US 35 east between Edwin C. Moses Boulevard and Jefferson Street, Overnight lane closures March 19 at 8 p.m. - March 20 at 6 a.m. Two eastbound lanes will remain open.


  • N. Market Street between Foss Way/Kirk Lane and Stonyridge Avenue, ROAD CLOSURE March 5 at 7 a.m. - Aug. 10 at 5 p.m. 
  • US 36 westbound between Scott Drive and Kienle Drive, Lane closure March 26 - June 30. One westbound lane will remain open. 


  • SR 47 between Fifth Avenue and Wilkinson Avenue, Lane closures Jan. 21 - Nov. 27. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times. 
  • SR 274 between Shroyer Road and Island Avenue, Lane closure April 9 - June 9. One lane will remain open in each direction. 


  • SR 121 between Washington Street and Fairview Street, ROAD CLOSURE Mar. 12 - April 13. The official detour is: SR 722 to US 127 to SR 503. 
  • SR 121 between Arnold Street and Harter Road, ROAD CLOSURE Mar. 12 - April 13. The official detour is: SR 722 to US 127 to SR 503. 


  • I-70 east Ramp to I-675 north, RAMP CLOSURE March 15 - Aug. 15. The official detour is: I-70 east to I-675 south to SR 444 to I-675 north


  • US 68 between SR 508 and Township Road 310, ROAD CLOSURE April 23 - 27. The official detour is: US 68 to SR 296 to SR 29 to SR 235 to SR 47 to US 68. 

Trending - Most Read Stories

Top AF leader: ‘You have to learn to say, that’s not good enough’

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 10:30 PM

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson addressed more than 240 graduates of the Air Force Institute of Technology on Thursday evening at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. BARRIE BARBER /STAFF
Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson addressed more than 240 graduates of the Air Force Institute of Technology on Thursday evening at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. BARRIE BARBER /STAFF

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson told newly minted “technical leaders” of the Air Force Institute of Technology to never stop asking why and to be innovators who build strong and trusted relationships to solve the nation’s national security challenges.

Wilson, an Air Force Academy alumnae and former Rhodes scholar at Oxford, spoke Thursday night to more than 240 AFIT graduates among an audience of 1,200 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

RELATED: Threats will drive BRAC strategy, Air Force leader says

Among three key points of advice, the top Air Force civilian leader told graduates to be critical thinkers who challenge assumptions about why.

“You will also now serve as technical leaders and as leaders in technology and science you have to learn four important words. You have to learn to say, ‘that’s not good enough.’”

The secretary cited recent hypoxia-like incidents among pilots experiencing oxygen loss in some of the most sophisticated aircraft, such as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and more basic training aircraft such as the propeller-driven T-6 Texan, as an example to keep asking why and not be pressured to cut short the search for answers.

She told graduates they should not be afraid to say no, even to superiors, until a solution is known.

Wilson told them they must also be innovators.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Air Force leader says total dominance not a ‘birthright’

“Innovation doesn’t come from requirement statements,” she said. “There was never a requirement statement for a silicon chip. There was never a requirement statement for Uber. There was probably wasn’t a requirement statement for GPS.

“If you’re not making mistakes as an engineer, you’re probably only proving that what you already know really does work,” she said. “That’s not innovation. We need you to push the bounds of what you know.”

The high-flying, record-breaking Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird spy plane with a needle-like sleek shape demanded overcoming a series of technical problems, from aviators in space suits ejecting at extreme speeds and altitudes to heat-resistant glass that wouldn’t distort surveillance cameras view.

“The result was an air-breathing monster faster than a speeding bullet,” she said. “What would your innovation be?”

Developing trusted relationships is the third key, Wilson said.

“The work that you are about matters, and the people matter more,” she said.

EXCLUSIVE: Top Air Force general says ‘all programs are at risk’

From her time at the Air Force Academy to serving on the national security council staff, the former New Mexico congresswoman said she could count “on one hand” people she could call on at any time.

“Those kinds of relationships are built over a long period of time are priceless in your life,” she said.

The Air Force’s top leaders listen and trust each other and see things from different perspectives to address national security issues, she said.

“You have everything to gain as young officers and civilians in the Air Force to see alternative perspectives, to find your partners in crime who are going to push you and make you better because steel sharpens steel,” she told AFIT graduates.

“The United States Air Force relies on the most advanced technology to defend our nation and project power in the air and space around the globe,” Wilson added. “We’re going to lean on you. We’re going to lean hard on you as the next generation of scientists and engineers in air and space.

“So choose to ask why, choose to be an innovator, and choose to build strong relationships throughout your professional lives,” she said. “Our nation needs you desperately and future generations are counting on you.”

Trending - Most Read Stories

How to keep Facebook from accessing your information 

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 5:21 PM

Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica data grab scandal started with a personality quiz app but it’s not the only Facebook App you should be worried about, according to tech experts. 

“You’ve probably given away a lot of information and unfortunately that information is used to manipulate people,” said Gayle Jenkins, the owner of DNA Computers in Kettering.

Jenkins found over 100 apps on her own Facebook account that have grabbed her profile information, friend list, posts, likes, or even photos she’s posted and photos she’s tagged in. 

A look at my phone revealed over 70 apps including “Apply Magic Sauce.”

According to their website, the app translates individuals digital footprints into psychological profiles. Jenkins showed me how to get rid of it. 


To remove or modify these Facebook Apps and quizzes using your phone:

Open the Facebook app

Click the menu (which is typically designated by three lines)

Select “account settings”

Click “apps”

Choose apps you want to delete 


To delete Facebook Apps on a desktop or laptop:

Log on to Facebook

Click the menu (the small triangle in the upper right corner)

Click “settings”

Click “apps” (located in a list on the left side of the screen)

Select an app 

Select the pencil icon to modify settings or click the “X” to delete the app


You can turn off all app access completely, but Jenkins recommends deleting apps one by one.

“if you scroll down past the apps there is a box where you can turn off Platform. Platform is the interface which allows Facebook to work with third-party websites and software. If you disable it, you can’t log into anything with Facebook anymore,” said Jenkins.

Jenkins warns of another big risk with access you grant these apps.

“If they collect enough information they could actually carry out a social engineering hack,” Jenkins said, “potentially answering your security questions or pretending to be you and call a company and request access to information about you.” 

Trending - Most Read Stories