Reno High students stage walkout to support former coach

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Students at Reno High School staged a walkout Friday morning in support of their former football coach.

At 10:25AM November 9, 2018, dozens of students left class and stood outside for 17 minutes, one minute for each season Dan Avansino coached the Huskies football team.

People there told KOLO 8 News Now it was to honor Avansino, who was relieved of his coaching duties this week.

It comes just days after comments he made during a halftime interview of a playoff game at Bishop Manogue High School November 2, when he criticized Manogue being allowed to recruit players. He said that makes the elite "more elite" and the haves "have more," questioning if that's the Catholic thing to do.

The Washoe County School District issued the following statement in response to the short walkout:

"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."