This past Tuesday night, February 17th, at 8:30 p.m., about half a dozen Newark public school students occupied the offices of the Newark Superintendent of Schools Cami Anderson in order to protest the way their schools are being run and to call for change or her resignation. Last night, the 18th, they were still there. NJ.com has running coverage of this event.
I applaud these kids. The Newark schools administration has tried to send them home, has refused to let them have food unless they left and went to school, has pleaded with their parents to come and pick them up all to no avail. This is bravery in the face of overwhelming odds. This is truly young people standing up for what they believe in. (The district did, by the way, allow food to be brought to the kids eventually.)
It’s very hard to do something like this today because there are too many legal consequences, and people, like myself, feel they have too many other responsibilities, like providing for a family, to be able to do such a thing. These people, myself included, are cowards.
Thank you #OccupyNPS. And thank you to the parents of these courageous kids. You have raised your children well.
I encourage anyone who reads this to at least tweet your support with their hashtag, and, at most, stand up for what you believe is right in the way education works in this state yourselves.