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Heritage students walk out in support of student barred from ceremony

first_imgDozens of Heritage High School students walked out of class Friday in solidarity with a classmate who alleges school administration has turned a blind eye to bullying, harassment and sexual assault on campus.Charles Chandler, 17, was barred from participating in graduation after he veered off-script in a speech he gave to an assembly on Wednesday.“And to you underclassmen, who have to endure all the things the school will throw at you for two or three more years, a school where the administration closes their eyes to everything that happens in the school,” he said. “The sexual assault, the bullying, the depression, the outcasts, and they do nothing to fix it.”In a letter to parents sent Thursday, Principal Derek Garrison said Chandler’s speech was full of “inaccuracies, inflammatory statements and unsubstantiated accusations.” He said administrators met with him to discuss “several options for a restorative resolution,” or else he would be unable to walk at Saturday’s ceremony.“After considering the options, he opted to not participate in graduation,” Garrison wrote.Students donned pink shirts for the Friday walkout. Some painted pink handprints across their faces, and others carried signs bearing slogans like “We are the change” and “Let Charles walk.”last_img

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