I want to share a letter that I sent to the Louisa County School Board.
“After reviewing what some of the kids at the high school did on their inspirational video for the March 14 protest, I must say I was really moved. They did a wonderful job. Did all the kids get to see this video on the 14th?My daughter in the middle school did not see the video. It should have been mandatory that students at both the middle and high school see this video.
However, I was disappointed that the Louisa County Middle and High Schools were not allowed to participate in the 17-minute school walk-out in solidarity with all the other youth across the country. Visual protest is necessary for folks to see. I am afraid that too many of our residents in Louisa will never see the video.
Does the county school system have forums on a regular basis, where kids can express themselves about issues that have an impact on their own health and welfare, as part of a regular school curriculum? Their issues should be acknowledged.
Not all students feel comfortable in public speaking. We should not be silencing the students who have strong feelings and concerns. We should be emphasizing and fostering political engagement skills. It is my understanding the doors were locked and school administration blocked the exits to keep kids from leaving. What kind of message is that?
There is another school walk-out planned for Friday, April 20. There is plenty of time to implement an assembly or newsletter to explain and allow those students who would like to participate to do so. Those who participate should not be penalized for doing so. I know
I will be there with my daughter, Emma. I request that you read my letter to the other members at your next meeting.”
Editor’s Note: This has been reposted with the author’s permission, and originally appeared in the March 29th issue of the Central Virginian.