Community members rally around students

HYATTSVILLE, Md. (CBSDC) — Four Northwestern High School students were suspended this month after they organized a walkout to support increased teachers salaries and improve the quality of education.

Now, a community meeting is planned to address concerns about the principal Edgar Batenga’s response to the demonstrations.

Community leaders and even Occupy protestors argue that the students’ rights were violated and are demanding the suspensions be removed from their permanent record.

“I am really upset,” Danielle Duvall, a mother of one of the suspended students told The Washington Post. “My son didn’t do anything that was illegal or wrong. He’s not a troublemaker. He’s one of the good guys.”

The students spent months planning the walkout. However, Batenga caught wind of the students’ plans the night before and disrupted the event before it could happen.

The walkout, once thought to be 400 students strong, was limited to several dozen students leaving their classrooms. Batenga said it caused a “major issue” in the hallways.

The four students suspended were not among those in the hallways. They were in the principal’s office at the time according to the Post.


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