About 40 students from L.V. Rogers Secondary school took to the streets today to show their support for local teachers.
It was the second such show of support in two days. On Wednesday, students from Trafalgar Middle school also staged a walkout to show solidarity to the teachers’ cause.
Dunavan Morris-Janzen, a Grade 11 student at LVR helped organize today’s event.
“We as students are concerned about the strike and the few days that we missed school. We are approaching final exams so obviously this is not ideal for us,” he explained.
Several students got together and decided to do some research into the work stoppages and labour negotiations.
“We realized that teachers are, of course, fighting for a wage increase, but they are also fighting for smaller classes and composition as well as the highest education being public and not private.”
He said the students believe the government “isn’t necessarily” fighting for that.
“We believe that the teachers are on our side. So to show our support, we are here today standing by them,” said Morris-Janzen
The students started their demonstration at LVR, but soon moved down towards Hume Elementary school. Morris-Janzen said the spot is more visible and will create a better response.
“People are super excited. More cars are honking than not honking.”