Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Schools and Adults: Embrace These Student Protests

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Schools and Adults: Embrace These Student Protests

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In response to the senseless tragedy in Parkland, Fla., news outlets are reporting a number of student-led protests throughout the country as well as here in Pittsburgh. My students at Pittsburgh Allderdice High School approached me to ask for advice about participating in the walkouts Wednesday as well as in the National School Walkout on March 14.

While the fake-news-mongerers and conspiracy theorists, state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Cranberry, among them (Feb. 21 post-gazette.com, "Pa. Republican Echoes Conspiracy Theory About School Shooting Survivors"), will claim that protesters are "students" (implying that they're not actually students), or paid by George Soros, or indoctrinated by liberal teachers like me, I would like the record to show that the students at Allderdice, CAPA and other high schools across America are the ones leading these important protests. …

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