Students, School Committee resolve most issues that sparked walkout But Iafrate asserts administrators still must improve communications

The Providence Journal, p. C1 – April 25th, 1986

Three weeks following the protest at North Providence walkout, administrators were still working with students to address their concerns about certain school policies. Student leaders conveyed their satisfaction with how the School Committee responded to the demands of the protestors. There are no plans for future demonstrations at this time.

The chairman of the senior advisory council shared how the superintendent initially reacted to students’ plans for a walkout, further proving to the organizers that the only way to make administrators listen was through protest:

“The superintendent came in [to the meeting between us and the Head Master]. He was asked a question, and he jumped on the kid’s back. He started yelling. The attitude he came in with was all we were was a bunch of kids and all we had to do was be disciplined. We didn’t get answers, we got yelling.'”

After this incident, the head of the School Committee publicly announced that it intended to improve communication channels between students, school administrators, and the committee.

 

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High School students stage Warren walkout

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.

Success?

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.

Outcomes?

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.