A protest led by seventh graders had a powerful impact, as students walked out in silence to protest bullying.
At Barstow Junior High School, the silent protest lasted about 15 minutes. Students walked out of their classrooms, and gathered outside in the middle of the campus. Then they sat down.
Some students placed tape over their mouths. Others carried anti bullying signs.
Language arts teacher Cindee Mora explained that her students were learning about Gandhi, Cesar Chavez, and Nelson Mandela. They decided to take a stand against bullying. The word spread to other seventh graders outside the class.
“I’m shocked,” she said while watching the students gather in silent protest. . “I was so nervous for them. It’s definitely bigger (than what was expected). I didn’t know how far they would be able to reach.”
Mora approached principal Jose Rubio, who instructed teachers to allow students to leave and join the protest if they chose to do so. Some did, others continued on their way to lunch or other classes.