Char-Lan District High School students walked out in protest after the singing of the national anthem on the morning of Friday, Oct. 14. The move was in protest of the Upper Canada District School Board’s proposed plan to close the school and 11 others by July 2017.
After marching around the front yard of the school, students took to a stage setup near the front entrance to talk about their grievances with the School Board’s decision and explain why their school should not be closed.
The first person to address the crowd however, was Theresa Lauzon of the OPP who encourage the crowd to protest peacefully.
Stormont, Dundas and South Glengarry MPP Jim McDonell was on hand to give advice and encouragement to the protesting students.
“We have to write letters to the school board and to the Trustees to let them know we are not going to sit down and take this,” he said. “If we make this just our fight, we lose. We need to make this a fight right across the Province.”