The Providence Journal, page B1 – March 10, 1976
250 students walked out in protest of what they viewed as an infringement on their open campus privileges to spend study periods socializing in the main foyer.
The demonstration was signaled by a fire alarm, and then lasted for only 15 minutes when the superintendent demanded students return to class if they wanted to engage him in conversation about their concerns.
The superintendent argued that the students had misunderstood the situation – their social spaces were being relocated, not eliminated entirely.
What resulted was the formation of a student committee to partner with the superintendent and high school administrators to carry out the creation of new social spaces in the school.