RENO, Nev. -- Reno High School students staged a walkout on Friday, November 9 to show their support for the school's former football coach.
Dan Avansino was a former Washoe County School District employee who coached the Huskies football team for 17 seasons.
The students stood outside for 17 minutes, one minute for each season Avansino coached the school's football team.
Avansino was fired after he publicly voiced his his thoughts on Bishop Manogue during an interview with Nevada Sports Net on Friday, November 2.
The former coach has responded to his dismissal from the school district on an exclusive interview with Nevada Sports Net.
To watch the full interview click here.
News 4-Fox 11 reached out to the Washoe County School District for a statement on the students' walkout outside the high school:
The Washoe County School District places a high value on student voice. As we prepare our students to become productive adults, we encourage them to express their views peacefully.
Today, a group of students at Reno High School planned and held a brief event during which they left class, discussed an issue about which they felt strongly, and then returned to their classrooms. Administrative staff was on scene to monitor the event and ensure students were safe as they expressed their views. The students remained on campus during the event and there were no reports of disruptive behavior.
This event was respectful and meaningful for our students. In return, we appreciate and respect the opinions they expressed to each other and to our staff members. During the event, teaching and learning continued in classrooms across the campus without interruption.
Students who decided to participate in the event and arrived late to their next class were marked tardy.