About 50 high school students at Frederick Douglass Academy in Detroit were suspended today after walking out of classes to protest a lack of consistent teachers, the removal of the principal and a host of other administrative problems at the all-boys school. The students were chanting “We want education!” Parents organized the walkout because they fear for the school’s future. This year, as recently as last month, students spent weeks passing time in the gym due to a lack of teachers, parents said. Worries escalated after district offices moved into part of the building in January and the school was not listed as an application school for next year’s directory. In addition, the school’s founding principal, Sean Vann, was reassigned on Wednesday after a three-month sick leave.
Dozens of Douglass Academy high schoolers suspended after protesting lack of teachers | Detroit Free Press | freep.com
second time in a year that black students in detroit demanding an education were criminalized. students have also been criminalized in previous years for organizing walk outs on may day, being required to work as janitors and school shut downs.
there are repercussions for privatizing schools. is there any way to hold them accountable to student’s education? there’s a reason privitazation of schools began in communities of color.
school to prison pipelines are profitable. what an easy way to get students entered into the pipeline. what a great way to make good jobs a little less competitive for the white suburb communities.
school is a major space where youth of color are criminalized. if you’re looking for ways to organize right now in support of our youth, remember this. and stand with them when they organize around education (cuz they’re doing it across the US!).
say NO to criminalization through education!
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