CHARLOTTE, NC — Students at several Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools walked out of class to protest the current Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids.
A school offical says the message below was sent to families at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School, South Mecklenburg High School and the Olympic Community of Schools:
“Good morning XXXXXXX families. This is XXXXXX with an important message. As you may have heard, some students have chosen to organize a walk out and leave campus. We respect their right to assemble peacefully and advocate for important causes that impact their community. However, it is not in accordance with the Code of Student Conduct to leave campus or disrupt school operations. Our priority is to keep all of our students safe. Any students who participate in disorderly conduct will be disciplined according to the Code of Student Conduct. Staff is continuing to monitor the situation. Teaching and learning is continuing in our classrooms. I’ll keep you updated.”
This video was taken by a student at South Mecklenburg High School.
Just after noon on Friday, South Mecklenburg High students were dismissed early due to the demonstrations. A ConnectEd was sent to parents that said:
“Good afternoon parents, this is Principal Maureen Furr with an important message about an early dismissal today, Friday February 17th. Earlier today, I made you aware of some students who organized a walkout on our campus. While no violence has occurred on our campus as a result, we have decided to release students early today as a precautionary measure. School buses have begun arriving at South Mecklenburg High School and bus riders will be dismissed in an orderly fashion as individual school buses arrive. Student drivers will be released after the buses exit campus. Car riders will be dismissed as parents arrive to pick up students.
We encourage you to talk to your child about the incidents on campus today and the importance of expressing themselves in appropriate ways while on campus. Thank you for your support of South Mecklenburg High School. As a reminder, students will not have school on Monday, it is a teacher work day.”