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.



Lynch says students right in boycotting classes

The Providence Journal, page A6 – December 11, 1975

Pawtucket Mayor Dennis M. Lynch (pictured above) gave his support for Pawtucket high school students who refused to attend classes last week. 

Students were protesting that they had to make up classes lost during the teachers’ strike in the fall over their holiday break.

Leading up to the boycott, the students expressed their concerns at two school board meetings.

Johnston students march on Town Hall to protest possible art, music cuts

The Providence Journal, page C14 – February 14, 1981

30 high school students from Johnston demonstrated outside of Town Hall to protest Screen Shot 2017-05-02 at 11.16.39 PMpotential cuts to art and music programs in their school.

Two seniors spoke with Mayor Ralph R. aRusso to express the concerns of the group. He informed them that the School Committee was the body with control over which programs to remove.

Students were worried about missing out on opportunities to take these enrichment courses and cared about the teachers that might get laid off.




The demonstrators carried signs that read:

“Music and art, we love you a lot”

“Our lives need culture. Don’t take it away from us”

“Heck no, music and at can’t go”



Girl awaits decision on expulsion for protest

The Providence Journal, page C1 – May 13, 1982

The Tiverton superintendent decided to close a girls’ lavatory at Tiverton High School after allegedly coming across cigarette butts and empty beer bottles in the space.

In response, a group of girls stormed the boys’ lavatory to protest the closing of their own. The students involved were faced with suspension as punishment for their disorderly conduct.

These student leaders also circulated a petition that got over 283 signatures to share with the School Committee, but were unable to present it at the closed meeting.