Saturday, March 10, 2012

Hundreds Of Students Hold Walkout To Protest Brooklyn High School Closing

Students hit the streets Friday to protest the potential closure of their Brooklyn high school.

Hundreds walked out of class at John Dewey High School in Gravesend, as it is one of 33 schools that could be closed in June and reopened in the fall as a new school, as part of the city's plan to improve failing schools.

Some students clashed with police, including one who climbed onto a pickup truck.

Those who spoke with NY1 took their anger out on Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

"I got a question Bloomberg, why are you doing this? Why is that we're just data, why are we just pawns?" said one student. "I've seen everything you've done. You take schools that are not that great, take them down and open them as charter schools just so they look good."

"I don't feel it's right, scapegoating teachers," said another.

"If this school changes, I'm leaving as soon as possible," said a third.

In a statement, Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott says he recognizes students' right to protest but added their actions violated disciplinary rules and that they will be marked absent.

He says any further incidents will result in more serious disciplinary action.

By: NY1 News

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