MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS WALK OUT TO PROTEST WAR!!!! [Arcata, CA]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE!! Sunnybrae Middleschool Walkout  March 18, 2011

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS WALK OUT TO PROTEST WAR!!!!

Arcata, CA: Twenty five Sunny Brae Middle School students walked out of class today to demonstrate their opposition to war and to the Navy’s proposed weapons testing in the Pacific off the North Coast. At least one student also voiced solidarity with the Union organizers in Wisconsin. Today’s rally coincided with the anniversary of the invasion of Iraq and was part of a nation-wide day of action against war.  At two o’clock students emerged from their classrooms and gathered in the eighth grade basketball courts. One rally participant said that they chose this location, which was on school grounds, to prevent being mispercieved as just an excuse to cut class.

Participants also said that the rally would have been larger but some students were kept from participating by teachers who prevented them from leaving class.  Although they did not participate, other students and even staff showed solidarity and support for the rally.

The demonstrators held signs that read “No More War” and “Stop the War on our Oceans”.

The students chanted “enough is enough” and sang songs including “All you need is love”.

Billy Askew, one of the participants in the rally said “It is especially important for us as students to exercise our First Amendment rights and to stand up against the use of weapons to solve our problems.”

The walkout and rally eventually ended peacefully. Seven students were told that they might be receiving a detention or a referral for their participation within the next week.