June 04, 2014 - 9:49 AM
KELOWNA - Roughly 70 students from Rutland Middle School are out protesting the school labour disruption complete with picket signs but it's situation normal at Rutland Senior Secondary.
Harmony Radatzke is in grade 7 at RMS. She says it is not fair that students are put in the middle of the dispute.
"It has definitely been affecting our school," she says. "Some of the teachers are going around all crazy, they're yelling at us and very stressed out. They're just kind of getting more angry at us for the simplest things."
Many high school students appear to have declined to participate in the movement some students planned. A teacher, who is not authorized to speak about the situation, says high school students just have too much work to do in the final month of the school year.
Tiona Wikenheiser is in grade 12 at Rutland Secondary. She says she doesn't see the point of walking out.
"I'm graduating so I need all my classes," she says. "I want the strike to stop but I don't think this is the way to do it. I think it's just an excuse to get out of class, honestly."
Meanwhile, RMS students and some parents have gathered in front of the school waving picket signs. The situation is different there, where students felt the disruption directly through the cancellation of a Grade 9 camping trip, according to some students.
Grade 9 student Grayson Bergstrom says he was told by some teachers that they did not support the walk out but they understood why they were doing it.
"This is a good way to get the word out," he says. "It's like we are in between a divorce. We feel like pawns and we just want it resolved.”
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