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Commentary :: Organizing
STOP THE ATTACK ON STUDENTS SKIPPING SCHOOL
27 Apr 2006
It is a gross day in the history of America when an eighth grader decides to shoot him self in the head after participating in a student walkout, to protest the recent anti-immigrant legislature.
The attack on students skipping school to engage in political activism, needs to Stop. Democratic principals have never occurred with youth behind desks. From the Popular movement to the Civil Rights movement, youth have always maintained an active role in standing against injustices. And our duty as responsible adults in their lives, is to stand beside them, or at least get out of the way, before casting another stone.

It is a gross day in the history of America when an eighth grader decides to shoot him self in the head after participating in a student walkout, to protest the recent anti-immigrant legislature. Anthony Soltero an organizer of his school’s walkout, shot himself after De Anza Middle School threatened Soltero with a three year prison term, forbid him to participate in graduation ceremonies, and threatened his mother with fines for Anthony’s truancy and involvement in the protest (First Casualty of Student Walk Outs! http://www.indybay.org/news/2006/04/1813993.php)

This is a complete Outrage. Soltero should have been awarded along with the thousands of other students for their civic duty of participating in a protest. This is not just defiant act of students in the face of school administration. These rallies began in response to legislature H.R. 4437, which would penalize 11 million illegal immigrants as felons and allow the building of a fence along the U.S.-Mexican border. And a piece of legislature such as this would fragmentize millions of families and strip away democratic values.

It is inexcusable to place such irrational consequences on a student’s behavior that is just and humane for the future of our country. As parents, teachers, school officials, and students, we can no longer tolerate the use of strict disciplinary measures thrown in the face of a young people making a conscious choice to skip school, in order to attend political demonstrations against inequalities. Speaking out to injustices is a birth right, and just for the record; there is no mention of the word “school” in the U.S. Constitution.

And the punishments go beyond the schools, as like any truancy case the police are involved to scare kids back into the classroom.

In California last March during the student walkout about 50 students were corralled by police officers in Los Angeles and cited. And in the San Pedro area, a group of 200 skipped school after being threatened with disciplinary consequences.

“In the city of Carson, California authorities with batons and helmets temporarily ringed dozens of youngsters in front of a high school before allowing them to march,” according to CBS news http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/03/28/national/main1447009.shtml.

Teachers and administrators of these schools should be proud at such a walk out, This is a clear sign that the common vision for equal rights for all different ethnicities, has not faded from young minds. Skipping school to exercise freedom of speech is an educated choice in a participatory democracy. And they should all receive straight “A’s” in their History class, not punishment for participating in democracy.
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Re: STOP THE ATTACK ON STUDENTS SKIPPING SCHOOL
28 Apr 2006
The schools need to be defumigated. Illegals should be encouraged to boycott school every day. Even if they don't shoot themselves in the head, we want them to never learn English, to stay on a poor starchy diet, and to breed as many kids as possible. This will ensure they will be powerless and poor.
Re: STOP THE ATTACK ON STUDENTS SKIPPING SCHOOL
28 Apr 2006
Or we just send them back to their countries!
Re: STOP THE ATTACK ON STUDENTS SKIPPING SCHOOL
28 Apr 2006
Honestly, what this article leaves out is the history of skipping school at this location. Are these punishments in order with past punishments or is there a case to say that this skip was treated differently?

Secondly, students in high school should not skip to protest. That only hurts themselves. They should be in school getting an education. These children can not vote and should not concern themselves with such issues...they are too young and naive to sift through the BS of this nation.

Some of this outrage should also fall on the people who brainwashed this child to make him think that H.R. 4437 is anti-immigrant. That is as much of a lie as the vice principal told him that he'd serve 3 years in jail. The child obviously was very naive and easily duped by both sides.

This is a horrible happening in this immigration debate, don't get me wrong. This article only points a finger at 1/2 of the responsible party. In order to guard against situations like this in the future, people need to forget about spin and agendas and begin to do what is right for American citizens.
Re: STOP THE ATTACK ON STUDENTS SKIPPING SCHOOL
28 Apr 2006
I know several Hispanic immigrant kids. They have no idea what the politics are about. Their attendance record at high school already sucks. This is just another excuse for Hispanic teens to have more of the notorious skip parties. Nine months later more Hispanics are born. These kids are legal as they are born in the USA. Oh, now I get why we want to skip work Monday. Screw more on Monday, create more Hispanic voters!
Re: STOP THE ATTACK ON STUDENTS SKIPPING SCHOOL
29 Apr 2006
What's the difference. Most Hispanic kids skip school on a regular basis with or without an event.
Re: STOP THE ATTACK ON STUDENTS SKIPPING SCHOOL
29 Apr 2006
alas, the conundrum of the American Left. Decades of Impotence. Why? Perhaps Syntatical Dyslexia? "Stop the Attack on Students Skipping School?" Does that mean don't attack the students AS they are skipping school? I'm sure no one is stopping them from skipping school. In fact you would have the s beat out of you if you did try to stop Pedro and Yanci from skipping Skool.
Re: STOP THE ATTACK ON STUDENTS SKIPPING SCHOOL
01 May 2006
what the hell is that kid thinking