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STUDENT WALKOUT: Students show teachers who's boss

From left, Chloe Banman, Leagh DeCosta, Jordyn Beauchemin and Jaelinn Farmer protest outside Pen High.
June 04, 2014 - 3:16 PM

PENTICTON - At 10 a.m. this morning, a handful of students left their oversized classrooms to hold signs on the sidewalk, announcing their frustrations towards their teachers who walked out of schools last week.

A group of grade nine girls from Pen High said their teachers think it’s ironic the students are walking out of the classroom to express their anger about losing class time when the teachers were on the picket line.

But the students said they don’t want everyone to think they’re stuck in the middle—they have voices to be heard, too.

“They’re taking days away from us so why not take days away from them?” said Leagh DeCosta.

The girls, who have less than three weeks left of the school year, said they’re worried about upcoming exams. They questioned what would happen if all the class time lost results in failed tests, and a failed school year?

They said they known teachers work long hours past the bell, and they want to see them receive fair wages. But they also want smaller class sizes and more assistance in classrooms and after school.

But at the end of the day, they will be glad when the whole ordeal is over.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Meaghan Archer at or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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