Right now people are expecting the Ferguson grand jury to announce on Sunday whether Officer Darren Wilson will be charged in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. There are, of course, concerns of violence in the wake of Wilson not being charged; that’s why Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency.
But some Ferguson schools are taking precautions of their own and shutting their doors next week.
The Jennings School District (which encompasses part of Ferguson) announced they’re closing schools on Monday and Tuesday. As the superintendent explained, “With the heightened anxiety and activity, we thought it would be better for students and staff to extend the holiday at this point.”
Other neighboring school districts said law enforcement recommended they do the same. The Ferguson-Florissant School District has yet to decide whether to temporarily close schools. However, the the school board president has said that if students need a place to shelter in the event of violence, they will let the students stay there.
Once a decision is handed down, they said, they will decide on plans to close. If the decision comes on a school day next week, they might close schools early.
[h/t USA Today]
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