Board approves 2-day suspensions for protesters; 700 may be affected

The Providence Journal, page C1 – October 18, 1983

A mass of students, ranging from 300 to as many as 700, staged a walkout to demonstrate their frustration with the double sessions at Chariho Regional School, arguing that such structuring of the school’s schedule leads to significant overcrowding. There was recently a vote to decide whether or not to enlarge the school – the result was a resounding no.

Consequences?

The School Board approved the punishment of 2-day suspensions for the students that participated in the protest.

The School Committee Chairman at the time asserted:

“None of the students should have been naive to think they wouldn’t be punished.”

Parents pushed back though, arguing that students should be allowed to express their views and that the punishment was too harsh against their children.