April 4, 2014
Lake Central High School students in Indiana were upset that their school refused to allow them to grieve for a fellow student who had committed suicide over the weekend. So they staged a sit in to request one. Of course there were police involved.
The students gathered and sat on the floor of the Wedge and Main Street. After principals and other administrators got to the two scenes, multiple St. John police officers arrived to help supervise.
According to Lake Central News, The administration encouraged students to return to class, or go to the LGI. Around 1:30 p.m. students gathered into what became an open forum for their grief, the school’s reaction and what can be done from here.
“We should be given a chance to grieve as a school,” Natalia Kuzbiel a Sophomore, said in the forum.
After Mr. Robin Tobias, Principal, arrived, students originally greeted him with “Ohs;” however, after Aaron Scott (10) asked for some respect from the student body, the students applauded as he entered.
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At 1:34 p.m., the room observed a moment of silence, as the students requested. Students were also looking for the administration to make a school-wide announcement.
Principal Tobias went on to say how disappointed he was in the students. Next, one student, whose name has yet to be released, simply replied, "And we're disappointed in you too." A few minutes later he was dragged out of the room by two Schererville Officers.
Please excuse the sideways video.
The heartening aspect of this situation is that approximately 200 students were willing to stand up to the system and demand what they deemed was just. This says a lot about the youth today.
Was this student's arrest justified? Or, is this an example of the encroaching police state and a sign of things to come?
Let us know how you feel about it in the comments below.