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3 Protests Show That Kids These Days Know What’s Important

3 Protests Show That Kids These Days Know What’s Important

Kids today are often accused of being lazy and apathetic, but this generalization is far from true. In actuality, many students are thoughtful and involved. Here are three recent protests that show how young students are stilling to stand up to oppression and make their voices heard:


1. They Want Better Schools

Hundreds of LA students left their classes to protest outside the Los Angeles Unified School District building – and they didn’t arrive empty-handed. Bringing school desks with them, the students blocked a busy downtown street as they demanded better spending of the district’s budget.

The protest was noticed not only by employees of LAUSD, but also commuters who found themselves stuck in heavy traffic; it took police officers a few hours to clear all 375 desks from the street. The number of desks is hardly arbitrary. Students chose this number to represent the 375 students who drop out of school in the district every single week.

The activists’ main complaint was how the city’s most underperforming schools were not receiving fair or adequate portions of the budget to get them back on track. They also asked for student voices to be better represented on the school board and for additional funding to be directed toward foster children and non-native English speakers.

2. Girls Want to Be Respected, Not Shamed

Although it’s not surprising to hear that middle school girls are being shamed about their bodies, it is pretty unusual (and awesome!) to see them standing up for themselves and doing something about it. That’s the case at Haven Middle School in Evanston, Illinois where girls are contesting an unfair school dress policy.

Recently, the administration decided to forbid teenage girls form wearing leggings to school under the guise of the attire being “too distracting for boys.” However, 13-year-old student Sophie Hasty calls out the rule for what it is: “Not being able to wear leggings because it’s ‘too distracting for boys’ is giving us the impression we should be guilty for what guys do. We just want to be comfortable!”

They also noticed the dress policy was inconsistently enforced, with certain rules applying only to girls further along in their body’s development. 12-year-old student Lucy Shapiro noted that she was disciplined for wearing the same thing as her unpunished friend because of the pubescent shape of her body.

Thus far, the girls have been proactive in protecting their right to wear leggings and not be made to feel ashamed of their bodies. In addition to collecting 500 petition signatures from students, they have held a rally where students wore leggings in protest. One girl held a sign that cheekily read, “Are my pants lowering your test scores?”


3. They Are Progressive Toward Homosexuality

When a private Catholic high school learned that its vice principal, Mark Zmuda, had been same-sex married, religious officials decided to terminate his employment. Rather than standing by and watching a popular, hardworking administrator receive the boot, almost the entire student body of the high school organized a sit-in, and later a walk-out, to show support for Zmuda.

Disobeying both school and Catholic rules, the large assembly of students dictated their own vision of right and wrong. Their obvious generational acceptance of homosexuality shows that times are changing and that young Americans care about the outcome.

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6:13AM PDT on Jul 13, 2014

Sounds like grounds for change. Go for it! It is long overdue!

3:04PM PDT on Apr 24, 2014

Loud huzzahs to the young protesters against injustice from an old hippie guilty of the same!

6:39AM PDT on Apr 23, 2014

Good news.

5:48AM PDT on Apr 23, 2014

It's just the adults and the powerful ones knowing nothing about this

5:36AM PDT on Apr 22, 2014

Nice to see that protest didn't end in the 70s.

6:26PM PDT on Apr 21, 2014

Thanks BMutiny for the link.

Petition signed with note added.

4:37PM PDT on Apr 21, 2014

Here is the URL for the Petition on, from the Catholic High School Students to CHANGE THE CHURCH:

Over 49,000 signatures now, and rising - from ALL OVER THE WORLD.
These Catholic High School Students are SERIOUS - this is not just a "9-days-wonder" for them - they say they're in it for the long haul, however long it takes.

As I said before, this started in one Catholic High School, and IMMEDIATELY, with the incredible speed of Social Media, it IMMEDIATELY spread to other Catholic High Schools in the Diocese! Whose Students left classes - briefly - that same day!
And, as I said, they are supported by nearly all the Parents, other Teachers, and Alumni - the graduates of this school, which is an elite one and the graduates hold some important positions and have financial power!
It is ONLY THE CATHOLIC HIERARCHY, namely the Catholic Bishops, namely Archbishop Sartain {in the Seattle Diocese}, who wanted to fire Mr. Zmuda... and, what the Hierarchy says, HAS TO be done...
THAT is what the Catholic Students are setting out to change! Good luck to them! SIGN their Petition!

4:16PM PDT on Apr 21, 2014

About the Student Protest for the Teacher, Mr. Zmuda, who was fired from a CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL because the Administration objected to his being married to his same-sex lover...
Carol says "It was just because the students liked him." Not because of any "important issues".
Well, I live near where this took place, where there's been a lot of newspaper coverage, complete with photos - and I also have been in contact with people who directly know people involved.
I ASSURE YOU THAT THE STUDENTS DIRECTLY RELATED TO THE ISSUES. This was shown by the SIGNS they carried, among other things - and HOW and WHERE they demonstrated. Also, STUDENTS FROM SEVERAL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOLS IN THE DIOCESE OF SEATTLE, who of course didn't even KNOW the teacher, turned out IN THE SAME PROTESTS.
There is a PETITION on, sponsored by these Catholic students. On that, and in pictures, you will see that their signs say "CHANGE THE CHURCH". The students are aiming at NOTHING LESS THAN CHANGING THE CATHOLIC CHURCH'S STANCE ON GAY MARRIAGE. They have even - good luck to them! - written a letter to Pope Francis!!!
These Catholic Students are VERY SERIOUS and what they are against is THE CATHOLIC CHURCH'S HYPOCRISY... They are supported by their Parents, other Teachers at the school, and Alumni, by the way.... Good luck to their quest!

7:09AM PDT on Apr 21, 2014

Good for them!

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