In the midst of last years media blitz about ‘helpless youth’ during the teachers strike in BC, one story that curiously didn’t get much news time was the province-wide student walkout in support of teachers and for a quality education.
"We’re out here making a stand,” said Sofia, a grade 12 student from Collage Heights Secondary.
“Why should corporations get more money from tax cuts,” said another grade 12 student, Virginia, “when we get zero for fundraising. It’s stupid. We need money because education is a lot more important than Gordon Campbell and his big business buddies.”
Some schools in the Lower Mainland even held public mock funerals for the death of public education in the province.
Although the walk-out was downplayed by local media, local organizers call the event a success because student stood up for something they believed in.
“This was one of the most significant developments in organized student struggle by BC high school students we have seen in some time” said Jason Mann,
To see videos of picket lines set up by BC students visit: http://www.workingtv.com/studentreportonbctfstrike.html