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Wed Mar 14, 2018, 12:34 PM

My kid just walked out with his classmates

He was supposed to have an excuse from a parent to prevent an unexcused absence. I didn't get the message in time to excuse him.

My neighborhood FaceBook page is deriding the kids for doing this while others celebrate. Many of the adults on that page have tried to defend the kids for making this choice and adding their voices (or as in today's protest, NOT adding their voices as it was a silent protest).

Many of the adults on that page are parents trying to defend or otherwise protect their kids. My kid didn't get the excuse or permission he needed to participate.

And this is the exact introduction to protest that students will benefit most from. If students get full support, they don't experience what it is like in the greater political world to have dissent from what they are trying to bring to light. They don't experience the nastiness that can come from others when you speak up. By giving my kid "permission" today, am I not taking away his right to protest peacefully? Isn't the Constitution his permission?

They don't get full support, free from heckling and vile hatred. And that is part of protesting. If all of the people were on their sides, they wouldn't need to speak up as they have today. All the parents who want to "protect" their kids on FB...have to step back and let the kids have a voice, accept the consequences of that voice, and realize their great power to change our world.

I'm proud of my kid. I admit that I went to school and stayed to watch...out of sight. It should be their day. They don't need the adults. But when we allow them to grow, we can change our world.

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Response to AllyCat (Original post)

Wed Mar 14, 2018, 12:35 PM

1. My daughter said her school locked the doors so they couldnt walk out

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Response to Fullduplexxx (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 14, 2018, 12:38 PM

2. That is very sad. Unless there was some credible threat to their safety,

this is inexcusable.

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Response to Fullduplexxx (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 14, 2018, 12:39 PM

3. I would think that they are

Violating the fire code by doing so.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #3)

Wed Mar 14, 2018, 12:41 PM

7. That was my thought as well , that locking the doors like that was illegal

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Response to Fullduplexxx (Reply #7)

Wed Mar 14, 2018, 12:45 PM

9. A photo and complaint

To the fire marshal should make some waves.

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Response to Fullduplexxx (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 14, 2018, 12:39 PM

4. Horrible for the Admin to do that.

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Response to Fullduplexxx (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 14, 2018, 12:43 PM

8. I think I would be calling the school right now.

I've done my share of hell-raising with idiotic School administrators in the past. And guess what. It worked

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Response to Fullduplexxx (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 14, 2018, 01:00 PM

10. locked doors? we are approaching the anniversary of Triangle--stupid move, school.

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Response to AllyCat (Original post)

Wed Mar 14, 2018, 12:40 PM

5. I hope this tweet of them singing goes viral.



Students at Livingston High School in New Jersey sing an adaptation of Brian Stokes Mitchell’s “Make Them Hear You" as part of their walkout. #NationalWalkoutDay

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Response to AllyCat (Original post)

Wed Mar 14, 2018, 12:40 PM

6. My daughter as well. As a matter of fact almost their whole school walked out

and stood silently for the duration. I can see them from my house where I also stood outside. The local Cathedral rang the funeral toll in their tower for 17 minutes.

I couldn't help but weep.

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Response to AllyCat (Original post)

Wed Mar 14, 2018, 10:46 PM

11. Oh my

 

We need to support our youths for peaceful protests.

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Response to myraphilips (Reply #11)

Thu Mar 15, 2018, 12:47 AM

12. Of course. But we need to let them have their actions

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