Photo Courtesy of: WDIV Local 4 News (Detroit)
Source: WDIV Local 4 News (Detroit)
Posted By: Tyler B.
A group of students at Madison High School walked out in protest Monday.
Students said the move was to support teachers, who are in a contract fight with the school district.
Teachers have not had a contract since 2009. The Madison Education Association last week cut teacher pay by 10 percent and made it retroactive to the start of the current school year. Teachers union leaders say that is illegal and are filing a lawsuit.
The high school is off 11 Mile and John R roads in Madison Heights.
The Madison Heights School District has yet to release their statement on the students protesting. We will continue to update this story as soon as we hear from the Madison Heights School District.
Madison Heights Students: Were you involved in the student protest? Let us know if you participated by commenting on this article. To comment – click on the white speech bubble in the top-right hand corner.
STUDENTS SPEAK OUT ON THE PROTESTING….
YDS: What made you want to participate in the protest?
Greg Walton: ”I wanted to participate in the protest becuase i felt that since the teachers could not protest we should go and do it for them and make a difference.”
YDS: How long did the protest last?
Greg Walton: “The protest was probably about 2 hours and 45 minutes long.”
YDS: Did you participate in the protest to truly support the teachers or did you want to really miss class? OR BOTH?
Greg Walton: “I actually really participated in the protest to actually support the teachers, missing class really wasn’t important, I notified my parents nights before that I actually might get suspended.”
YDS: What grade are you in?
Greg Walton: “I’m a Junior in Madison.”
YDS: Why do you feel the teachers don’t deserve protests?
Greg Walton: “I feel the teachers do deserve to protest number 1 it’s just that they can’t because I was informed that by law they can’t.”
YDS: What would you like to say to the powers that be regarding your feelings on these teachers that may end up getting pay cuts?
Greg Walton: “I think that the guys who claim they are in charge of taking cuts need to sit back and chill becuase these teachers a have lives and children and significant others and homes they haves bills to pay how the he** are they suppose to make it and all this money are being taking out of they’re checks. I mean what the he** are they suppose to do with out teachers they would not even be on the board.”
YDS: Is there anything else we should know about the protest or any other information related to this protest / cuts that we should know?
Greg Walton: “The protest was very peaceful for high school students and the cuts just need to stop especially if the board is voting themselves raises.
YDS: What are the consequences, (if any) for students that did participate in this protest?
Greg Walton: “As far as consequences go I just don’t know we will see once are principal gets there tommorrow as far as I know he can cancel the talent show and cultural awareness.”