On the afternoon of March 13, a group of approxiametely 40 students walked out of classes at Roosevelt Middle School in Eugene to protest the Bush regime's policies concerning Iraq. Many of these students have been actively involved in ongoing protests against Bush and company. Several have also been involved in a number of ongoing union struggles in the area, including the newest proposal by the school district to save funds by laying off custodians, maintenance workers, and kitchen workers, and contracting out the jobs. The Lane County IWW would like to give these kids a big salute for their courage and for doing the right thing.
Unfortunately, principal Morley Hegstrom has chosen *not* to do the wrong thing. These students were cited for a "major" offence, and there is talk of possible suspensions. A "major" would also deprive eighth-grade students of being able to attend their final student activity night at the end of the term. Please call principal Hegstrom at 541-687-3227 and superintendent George Russell at 541-687-3321 to let them know what you think. Call early and often-- the child you save from being cannon fodder may be your own!