Students Protest Going to Class at Mar Vista High School

The students claimed their human rights were violated by being forced to come to school.

A group of about 10 Mar Vista High School students refused to go to class Friday. 

Instead, they sat on the school's front lawn wearing signs that said "I Love My Rights," from morning until classes ended.

"This school is blatantly violating our human rights as human beings. There's an obstacle course of laws that make it so we're forced to come to school," said junior Mayan Moon.

When asked why they were protesting, the students complained of classes that are taught toward increasing standardized test scores, of art classes are being cut, and of coure, about homework.

Some students claimed they were treated poorly by Mar Vista's School Resource Officer.

Principal Wes Braddock could see the students outside his office window.

"I asked them to present a list of concerns and the only concern I got from them today was why do they have to come to school, which really isn't actionable. It's state law," he said.

For him, he said, the need to come to school "goes way beyond a law."

"As a kid growing up who moved from apartment to apartment, an education was my only ticket to a semi-successful life."

Things are even tougher now, even with a high school diploma, he said, but an education is still a key to the American dream.

The student's parents were notified of the incident.  

Some of the students protesting had below average grades and needed to be in class, Braddock said.

Mar Vista students will be on break until classes resume April 9.

Victoria M March 27, 2012 at 09:42 PM
That was another point I was going to bring up. Yeah the article uses extremely biased language to make the students fit the teen stereotype, even though modern youth has surpassed and outgrown it.
Victoria M March 27, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Hey I wasn't going to say this before but i find it funny how you and others have fallen for the biased language of the article, when for the most part, those students actually have a decent point to make.
Victoria M March 27, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Libi, sometimes the laws can actually infringe on human rights and anyone with half a brain who went to high school would recall the Jim Crow Laws. Those were not put in place because humans need "boundaries" in fact we don't need written laws to tell any decent human being what those "boundaries" are because "boundaries" have more to do with common sense than what's actually written. School is not responsible for children unless they are attending that school, in fact when kids aren't at school the PARENTS are actually responsible for their children. A free thinking child with a voice and opinion is not a bad thing, and it's that disrespectful and oppressive attitude (you know, treating someone that they're less than human because of something they can't control) Eventually, those teenagers will grow up, they will need jobs and if they're like me, they are going to have an aversion to living off their parents money if they are lucky enough to have well to do parents. Oh, and before you start calling me a leech, I WORKED for my high school diploma, I WORKED to apply to all my colleges early (and I applied to way more than 1) and I WORKED to get into a good college WITH A SCHOLARSHIP. They don't give those out to little lazy bums who sit around on the computer all day and make baseless statements about people they don't know. Have a nice day. Oh. And I already have 2 summer jobs in the bag so I can afford my own place next year with other hard working, educated "kids".
G H March 28, 2012 at 01:11 AM
I do agree with you there. I just think that unfortunately the action of "skipping" class, even though it does gain attention, does nothing more than add fuel to the fire for the nay-sayers. I guess a more appropriate line for me to say would be . I DO understand these kids. But I don't think they're going to get their point across by simply sitting around looking smug and lazy. Maybe an attempt to be studious while they sit around. Thus proving that they do care about their education just not the system its being delivered in, would probably go along way to dispel the notion that they are just little brats. Also perhaps writing a letter to there local senator in a concise adult matter wouldn't hurt. To just say "blah blah blah big words, big words, human rights blah blah." is going to get them no where. Again to my point above, their lack of a worthwhile education hinders them from making an intellectual argument on an adult level.
JC March 28, 2012 at 03:12 AM
OH and you know this how libtard? Typical know it all lib!! You and you loser pal Aaron need to do the world a favor and get lost.
Aaron March 28, 2012 at 03:18 AM
JC... I pity your small mindedness. I hope you get the help you need and learn to value the education you're being offered.
Victoria M March 28, 2012 at 03:37 AM
JC, every time I see you comment the American in me wants to tell YOU to get out of the country because that attitude is the same exact kind that drives a divide in the country. I don't care what your opinion is, there is a right way to present it and you really don't seem to know how. Using language like "libtard" is unnecessary and doesn't prove your point, nor is the label liberal or democrat an insult. Using them that way only further proves your idiocy. Get out of America JC. Divided we fall, United we rise.
the small print March 28, 2012 at 03:46 PM
I feel the need to point out the difference between "homeschooling" and "unschooling". Homeschooling is like going to school, but in your own home with your parent(s) as your teacher(s). It's still a very structured learning environment. You will still have to take tests and you will still have grades. Unschooling is exploring what interests YOU whenever and however you want with your parents and the world as your teachers. It is sometimes referred to as "interest-initiated learning". Unschooling is unstructered. There aren't any tests and there aren't any grades. With unschooling your education is limitless. Both "homeschooling" and "unschooling" are very good alternatives to government-mandated compulsory schooling, but, if you didn't notice, I tend to lean towards the latter. -Alex
the small print March 28, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Learning doesn't mean your nose always has to be in a book. There are learning experiences all around you. You can learn from anybody or anything. You don't have to have an authority figure constantly telling you, "This is what you NEED to learn and this is what you NEED to learn NOW!". Protesting is a learning experience no matter how you choose to do it. These are some questions you can draw from that experience: How did people react to our protest? What does that say about their character? How can we get our message across better? In what way can we organize ourselves better so we can get our message out to more people? It doesn't matter if you ended up protesting the right or the wrong way. You learn from your mistakes and the overall experience. That's not something you can learn in a classroom. That's a real life experience. These kids made a bold move. The fact that they are even protesting shows that they're actively thinking. You don't see a lot of active thinking in the corridors of schools. These kids deserve more credit.
Mike G March 28, 2012 at 09:28 PM
And in the movie "Caddy Shack", Judge Schmaels says, "The world needs ditch diggers too". That's just as pertinent as your inane comment. Just for arguments sake, what is stopping the "protesters" from being home schooled? There are private schools as well. There are also technical and alternative schools. Face it, they were whining and they got what they wanted. Your attention!
Mike G March 28, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Well look who opened a fortune cookie. Cute, but irrelevant.
Mike G March 28, 2012 at 10:13 PM
"Unschooling" leads to selling flowers on the street like children in Tijuana do with gum at the border crossing. How many "unschooled" people develop cures for cancer or new chemical compounds that relieve our need for polluting fossil fuels? Believe it or not (and I don't give a damn either way) our K-12 schools provide the basis of knowledge that is required for future innovation. More minds are opened by knowledge and education than by ignornace. Education breeds curiosity, it doesn't stagnate it.
the small print March 29, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Here is the link to a very eye-opening essay by John Taylor Gatto. It is entitled "Against School". He goes into the origins of the public school system we know today and discusses the true purpose of "schooling". This is a MUST read: http://www.wesjones.com/gatto1.htm -Alex
the small print March 29, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Here is a link to another essay by John Taylor Gatto which discusses the lessons that are REALLY taught in schools. It is entitled "The Six-Lesson Schoolteacher". This is another MUST read: http://www.cantrip.org/gatto.html?seenIEPage=1
the small print March 29, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Here, also, is the link to the prologue of John Taylor Gatto's book "Dumbing Us Down": http://johntaylorgatto.com/underground/prologue_print.html
the small print March 29, 2012 at 07:33 PM
@Mike G: We now have something called 'electricity' thanks to a very famous unschooler, Thomas Edison. That's right, the inventor of the lightbulb, of which you are probably utilizing at this very moment. Unschoolers are encouraged to explore their curiosities, compulsory schooling stifles them. A curruculum controls what you learn. You are told by someone else what you should be curious about. Imagine where we'd be today if someone else had told Thomas Edison what his interests should be. The fact that you "don't give a damn either way" shows YOUR ignorance. -Alex
the small print March 29, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Correction: "Curriculum". I'm still a bit paraniod about the grammar police. -Alex
Aaron March 29, 2012 at 07:40 PM
TSP: You're concern is regarding spelling. Grammar is the proper use and sentence structure of the words. Had you finished school, you might have learned that.
Aaron March 29, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Basing your theories on one person's work does not make a good argument, sorry. Again, these are things you learn in High School.
JC March 29, 2012 at 08:04 PM
small print,people like Aaron would prefer to ignore facts and wish to continue to believe that everything that goverment run schools do is hunky dory
Mike G March 30, 2012 at 12:42 AM
This is a prime example of exactly how stupid you are. Edison didn't 'discover' electricity dumbass! Even Ben Franklin didn't actually 'discover' it with the whole kite and key fiasco. He just confirmed that lightning was an electrical charge. Man knew of electrical phenomena all the way back to the ancient Egyptians. In all actuality I'm not using an incandescent, i.e., Edison type bulb. I have nothing but CFL and other high-efficiency lighting in my home. But I guess it may have taken some learning and understanding of things such as physics and chemistry to know that when certain gases are stimulated by electrical fields they produce more light than heat. Let me know when the 'unschooled' crack that code. 'the small minded', oops I mean 'print', speaks a lot, and yet says nothing of any importance. Tell me, is it painful being so damned stupid and not even being aware of it?
Aaron March 30, 2012 at 02:38 AM
JC, Nothing I've said has indicated that. I agree that the school system is far from perfect, though necessary. In fact, I even asked you for ideas on how to fix the school system and all you did was lob insults and bitch about school. Reading comprehension: The more you know.
the small print March 30, 2012 at 05:10 PM
@Aaron: I am not basing my theories off of one person's work. In fact, these have been my theories since before I even discovered John Taylor Gatto. I feel that John Taylor Gatto's work supports what I have believed all along. I was simply trying to be helpful to this discussion (if you can even call it that, anymore). @JC: Thanks for the support! You're exactly right! It's their problem if they want to continue to live in an illusion. -Alex
Michael Gerzen April 29, 2012 at 07:45 AM
These students are truant why weren't they cited buy the Sheriff & did they have a permit to protest. Expel all students involved & let their parents find them a school to except them.
irie phetteplace May 24, 2012 at 06:17 AM
Libi. i'll have you know that before the invention of "proper" syntax and diction people went around spelling words any which way they pleased. shakespeare himself never signed the same document the same way twice. shakespear shakespearre shakespeare. color colour coloure. i just made the last one up but does it matter? no. artists back in the day actually got a kick out of this sort of thing. and for the record, people dont go to school so that they can "learn how to think" you can't learn if you weren't able to think in the first place, unless of course this was your situation ( in which case i am terribly sorry). what kind of communist country do you think this is? you are behaving like some perfunct and pedantic tyrant, you really don't just exist only to hear the sound of your own voice . please! don't analyze my capitalization for my "shift" bar seems to be on the fritz/frits/frittz (whatever get's the point across honey/ hunnie/ honey-ko). may god (capital "g") bless you with a soul, and ears to hear
irie phetteplace May 25, 2012 at 04:13 AM
People who are illiterate aren't able to read at all let alone write (or in this case type)- Sherlock
irie phetteplace May 25, 2012 at 04:20 AM
weee-whooo weee-whooo! is that a confession? haha
irie phetteplace May 25, 2012 at 04:59 AM
Scenario: a friend and I (honors students, president and V.P. of Humanitarian Club and a Bible Club officer) are sitting in a secluded area at lunch having a conversation. There lunch tables and no sign that says we are not allowed to be there. A certain faculty member passes by, acknowleges us and and says nothing. A few days later another friend of mine is sitting in the same exact place, she is also an honors student and one of the young ladies who were protesting. The same faculty member (who failed to say anything to me) jumped at the opportunity to accost my friend. Why? the way that she was dressed maybe, the color of her skin, a questionable hairdo? what I am saying is that my friend experienced textbook profiling on behalf of the Mar Vista faculty. She, like another great woman of color I know of, refused to give up her seat on the grounds that "her feet hurt" (got to love Rosa Parks) or maybe because she just wasn't doing anyone any harm. As a result she was suspended for 3 days. Is this any way to treat your students? If it's that big of a deal then put up a sign, tear the tables out. Don't just let the white and goody-two shoe kids sit there and create a trap for the rest of us. And why is everybody so mean on here a good fraction of these comments were from adults? don't tell me to grow up. This is supposed to be a community site, we should all try to cooperate and be civil- not a bunch of cold-hearted brutes.
irie phetteplace May 25, 2012 at 05:00 AM
thank you Alex, much appreciated
Mike G May 26, 2012 at 03:02 AM
If you prefer to ramble incoherently carry on, or possibly you can make a lucid point?


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