It’s amazing how a simple school protest by High School students over some very important things to kids can get blown out of proportion and turned into near riot situations.
In this particular case, it appears these kids were upset over the nutrition in their school lunches and some other issues regarding there teachers and what was to be a simple protest ended up being a crazy situation that even involved police canine units being used as intimidation….to HIGH SCHOOLERS! This is out of control and I really hope the parents start to get involved here as this school has some serious issues to contend with. You HAVE to check out this VIDEO and ARTICLE!
When you listen to these two kids talking during the interview, you will probably wonder like I did how bad this school must be for them to consider protesting. These two girls are really well spoken and I think they have some legitimate concerns here. Time to take the canine units away and start addressing the problems. Just because a bunch of kids brought the issues up, doesn’t make the problem any less important. Adults need to listen too sometimes.
Suspensions at Northwestern High in Md. Create an Uproar
By Ovetta Wiggins
One week, Shane James, an honor roll student at Northwestern High School in Prince George’s County, was lauded for his political activism.
The next, he was removed from classes for attempting to effect change.
Northwestern Principal Edgar Batenga suspended James, 16, and three other students on March 1 for organizing a walkout to increase teacher pay, improve the quality of education and demand an apology to Filipino teachers who will lose their jobs because their visas will expire.
“We were trying to be politically active and show our concern for education,” said Boris Mitiuriev, 18, a senior who planned to participate in the walkout. “It’s just outrageous.”
The suspensions have created a firestorm. Many, including community leaders and Occupy protesters, argue that the students’ rights to free speech and to assemble appear to have been violated. They are demanding that the suspensions be removed from the students’ permanent records.
“I am really upset,” said Danielle Duvall, James’s mother. “My son didn’t do anything that was illegal or wrong. He’s not a troublemaker. He’s one of the good guys.”
Batenga said the students received a five-day suspension because they incited a disruption.
The students spent months planning the walkout, and they had more than 400 members of the 2,274-member student body prepared to participate.
According to the plan, the demonstrators were to meet outside at 2:40 p.m., at the end of third period. No one showed up, however, because Batenga, a first-year principal, had squashed the plans that day. He became aware of the planned demonstration the night before and made an early morning announcement instructing students not to participate.