Students Protest Possible Teacher Strike

, Posted: Mon, May 7 2012 at 10:49 AM, Updated: Mon, May 7 2012 at 11:05 AM

Schools were closed and classes canceled on Monday in the Eagle Point School District Nine, but that didn't keep students off campus, many of them protesting the possible teacher strike.

" I do not want to strike, but I will for Eagle Point teachers," said seventh grader Jasmine Olson.

Seventh and eighth graders at White Mountain Middle School in White City woke up before 6:00 A.M. not to attend class but to support their teachers.

"I may not like coming to school everyday, and I may not always like my teachers, but I realize how important they are to my education," said protest organizer Karri Welchselberger.

On Monday May 7th, all classes were canceled at Eagle Point District Nine schools as the district and teacher's union resumed
contract negotiations. Teachers spent the day compiling weeks of lesson plans to give to substitutes in case the strike occurs on Tuesday May 8th.

Students within the District feel they have been left in the dark.
"It's been really stressful because nobody really knows what is going on and nobody is allowed to talk about it," said Welchselberger.

Negotitions will continue on Monday between the dristrict and union. For now classes will remain canceled May 7th and 8th.


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