Friday, May 15, 2009
Scenes from L.A.--updated
About 500 students at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles held a sit-in Friday morning in the school's central yard. Later, they moved to the athletic field bleachers, and the school provided a sound system so they could discuss why they didn't want teachers laid off. Garfield could lose 13 English and social studies teachers.
At Jordan High School in South Los Angeles, about 200 students gathered in the quad to show solidarity with teachers, and the campus was put on lockdown in what Principal Stephen Strachan called a routine security measure.
When students refused to go back into class, Strachan said, he gave them a microphone and about 15 students spoke out about the proposed layoffs. (L.A. Times)