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50 Students Suspended for Wanting “An Education”

Last Thursday, 50 students were suspended from the all-boys Frederick Douglass Academy in Detroit, Michigan for walking out of classes in protest, demanding “an education.” If you’ll recall, we shared a news story about Wal-Mart encouraging the program to train students for employment at the retail supermarket Goliath. Now, these courageous young minds are fighting for their own future. Among their complaints: a lack of consistent teachers, the reassignment of the school principal, educators who abuse sick time, and a shortage of textbooks.

As senior Tevin Hill told the Detroit Free Press, “We’ve been wronged and disrespected and lied to and cheated! They didn’t listen to us when we complained o the administration. They didn’t listen to the parents when they complained to the administration, so I guess this is the only way to get things solved.” WJBK-TV, which has been following the situation closely, reports that Hill’s mother Sharise Smith claims that a math teacher has been absent “for more than 68 days.”

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