While being organized and led by young people, the Morris version of the Global Climate Strike will be held today and tomorrow – but you may be hard pressed to find any students from Morris Area High School. Principal Bill Kehoe sent a message yesterday to parents of high schoolers stating that “this event and future events are not sponsored by the School District and the school is not associated with any position other than neutrality on matters of political controversy. By school policy, any expression that disrupts the orderly operation of school or school activities is prohibited. By participating in these events, the school attendance policy is violated. Students who choose to participate in these events will be considered unexcused.”
Organizers Sydney Bauer and Teresa Boyd had met with school officials last week in an attempt to persuade them not to punish any students who chose to leave the school to attend the events. They later told KMRS that they were disappointed in the school’s position. They also claimed in group emails that some teachers told them they are canceling classes and bringing their students to the event. It was unclear if those were university, elementary or high school teachers. The Climate Strikers will meet from 1:30 to 3 p.m. today and tomorrow at Green River Park in Morris.