Students to Leave Class to Conduct Occupy-Style Event

Two former high school students will walk out during their lunch hour for “May Day on the Peninsula.”

Students from and Woodside High School are planning to leave school during their lunch hour today for a student strike against the 1 percent.

They will convene at for a picnic and afternoon of speaking out, information sharing and free education. Occupy Redwood City will be on hand to assist them with literature and statistics.

“It’s really important that they start being politically active,” said James Lee of Occupy Redwood City. “[These students] are 18 or going to be 18, so they’re the next generation of voters.”

He added that these high schoolers are the most worried about their future because of college tuition increases and judging whether or not college is worth the potential debt.

Two former high school students approached Occupy Redwood City a month ago at to ask for their help in planning a protest.

Occupy Redwood City will be providing information about education costs as well as state budget cuts in all areas.

But he stated, “What the students want to do, it’s their thing. We’re just there to help.”

will also be at the picnic to share information about Cargill’s proposed development for the 1,436 acre Saltworks land.


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Joseph Carle May 01, 2012 at 02:26 PM
How is it known that any students are leaving there closed campus High School to protest. Have you polled student s at there High Schools. Flyers were handed out at small business where they linger. But when my High School student told me about this they dont even know what they are going to protest about. Most Kids dont even know whats happening around there community or the country for that matter. There just being used as tools for some else so called cause. So now there going to cut class and leave the school grounds illegally. I can go on with this but ill end it here. I guess kids are learning all about May Day.
Jennifer Tegnerud May 01, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Yeah exactly Joseph, May Day!? Haha, in high school I wouldn't have really had any concept about the Occupy movement except that it seems to be saying every body against the rich 1%. Is this really the message educators or whoever should be sending to our children, that people who work hard and have been successful should be hated upon? I just can't believe this it is very very disturbing. You want class warfare here you go, start them in high school.
John Foley May 02, 2012 at 05:29 AM
My my---protesting little brainwashed socialists! Research the history of "May Day" celebrations in oppressive countries! I already planned to vote AGAINST the parcel tax, but have forwarded this to many who were undecided-----hard working taxpayers some of these ignorant stooges are protesting.
Roger Brina May 03, 2012 at 08:53 AM
"Tools for someone else's so called cause"? Clearly you were one of the people who should have been there to hear the students when they spoke out to their peers and to the media about why they walked out. They are concerned about their future, the money being spent on prisons while education funds continue to get cut, and their high school spending money on facilities instead of on students. These students are not tools for anyone, they are people who genuinely care about their future and their community and walked out of their own volition.
Roger Brina May 03, 2012 at 08:56 AM
Jennifer, the statement you're making is a pretty ignorant one. The students know all about class warfare. During their protest and rally yesterday they talked about how they're worried about how they can afford a college education, and they talked about how Sequoia spent money building a third gymnasium at the same time students were struggling to get all the textbooks they needed. They have already been on the receiving end of class warfare, and walking out to say enough is enough was their first step to self-defense.
Roger Brina May 03, 2012 at 09:06 AM
John, it's pretty breathtaking that when scores of 14-, 15-, and 16-year-olds became interested in becoming politically active and walked out to talk about their most pressing concerns for their future, you come on to this website and call them "brainwashed socialists" and "ignorant stooges" simply because their point of view doesn't mesh with yours. I doubt you would be able to say such nasty words to their faces. It's comments like yours that are the problem in our culture, but thankfully these students and their inspiring behavior more than make up for what you had to say.
Roger Brina May 03, 2012 at 09:12 AM
P.S. May Day is a commemoration of "brainwashed socialist ignorant stooge" protesters who DIED at the hands of police while advocating for... wait for it... an eight-hour work day. Research the history, indeed.


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