June 03, 2014 - 4:09 PM
KAMLOOPS - Students are sick of being played as pawns and at least a handful of students at Westsyde Secondary will protest Wednesday morning in an effort to get both sides of the labour dispute to think about the students stuck in the middle.
“This walkout is to tell both the government and the teachers we are tired of being in the middle of this labour dispute,” students Lane Morrison-Haller says on the Facebook page he created for the event. “We need to make an impact, to tell both the BCTF and the government to stop thinking about themselves and start thinking about what an education is really about—the kids.”
He says they will be outside as long as it takes, picketing along Westsyde Road in front of the school.
Other Kamloops students posting to the B.C. Student Walkout Facebook page, which has nearly 13,000 people saying they will attend the protests across the province, question whether a student walkout will have any impact.
“Anyone in Norkam doing this?” One student writes. “If people are going to walk out, do it for the right reason.”
A couple students from Valleyview Secondary say there is no point to a walkout while another Westsyde student says teachers have encouraged students to do it, but for a reason.
“Either to say you support the teachers, or support the (government), or that you don’t like being a pawn,” they write. “But don’t go home once you walk out. It defeats the purpose of this walkout. This is a serious matter what they are putting us through. Just think about it before doing it.”
Several students posting to the page also said they would rather see students protest the same day teachers strike.
For those taking part, the student walkout will take place Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. Students in the province have also created several petitions including one that has already surpassed 500 signatures.
Teachers will hit the picket lines Thursday, June 5 in Kamloops in the second week of rotating strikes.
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