South High students walk out after cultural event, town hall - KMSP-TV

South High students walk out after town hall event on racial tensions

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Many South High School students walked out of school on Monday following a discussion of cultural awareness and programming at the school in the wake of a lunch room brawl last month.

The fighting is finished, but students say it's still important to discuss the racial tensions on campus. Administrators say the students who walked out wished to show solidarity and accepted that their absences will not be excused.

Nevertheless, school administrators insist that those students will be welcomed back on Tuesday, and they acknowledge that students had informed them a walkout may be possible at the end of last week.

Students and staff members worked together to hold the student-focused event in the commons, with several hundred students rallying in the same lunch room that saw a food fight evolve into a melee.

The event, organized by students from the All Nations program, was peaceful and consisted of a round dance, the lighting of sage and student speakers.

A town hall followed the commons event, and all students and community members were invited to observe and participate. The event was also streamed live on the televisions in the school.

During that town hall, students raised concerns about the lack of diverse perspective in the school's curriculum and questioned whether their cultural and academic needs are being met. The students acknowledged the accommodations the school was willing to make, and they also challenged one another to make an effort to reach out.

The school campus was closed for lunch on Monday, and a telephone message explaining the situation was sent to parents.


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