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.


Jerome S
Jerome S9 months ago

thanks for sharing.

Jim Ven
Jim V9 months ago

thanks for sharing.

Mark H.
Mark H3 years ago


Janice Thompson
Janice Thompson3 years ago

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

Robin Pasholk
Robin Pasholk3 years ago

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

Rhonda B.
Rhonda B3 years ago

Good news.

Fi T.
Past Member 3 years ago

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

Robert K.
Robert K3 years ago

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

Michael T.
Michael T3 years ago

Thanks BMutiny for the link.

Petition signed with note added.

BMutiny TCorporationsEvil

Here is the URL for the Petition on change.org, 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!