This afternoon, during 4th period, self-organized and self-motivated students walked-out. Now kids ditching or skipping out on school is nothing new. And definitely nothing new at Lincoln HS, let me tell you. But I could see the conviction of why the kids were doing it.
The air was almost electric by the time the passing period between 3rd & 4th period came about. Walking through the crowds of students I heard the word ‘walkout‘ so many times. Whether they were telling their class to walkout, or whether they knew about it, or whether they were participating it was on the tongues of many.
Why did they walkout? To be in solidarity with some of the teachers that have received ‘pink slips’ from the district. They were in classes making signs reading:
- “Education 1st!: No Pink Slips!”
- “Students care about teachers: No layoffs!”
News of the walkout spread quickly with the use of text-messaging; something that teachers and adminstrator often admonish the students for doing in class.
In the end I am not too sure of the number that walked out or whether the students are facing any repercussions. I will post an update tomorrow.