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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.

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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