Apryl Veld – Omineca Express
A province-wide student walk out in support of striking teachers found its counterpart in the Central Interior.
Teens marched out of Nechako Valley Secondary School and through Vanderhoof with placards that said, “We deserve quality,” and “Don’t bully our teachers.”
“We should have a say in our education,” NVSS senior student, Sonya Webster noted, and many students aren’t getting instruction they should.
“Our classes are big and we don’t always get help from teachers,” she said.
Another senior student, Lacy Dupuis said things need changing.
“They’re worried about our (grade point average) GPA, but they’re not giving schools the funding, and enough programs … so we’re prepared for college,” NVSS student Dupuis said.
Some of the passing students also shouted “Kill Bill 22” the teaching legislation that has not yet passed.
The students were not without their detractors, however, noting their posters about fair education were torn down, and as the march started, one female student opened a gymnasium door to yell at them, “Get back to class, you losers.”
NVSS staff referred calls to the school board for those inquiring about teacher job action March 5-7 and the student walk out.