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300 High School Students Protest New Policy

March 20, 1985

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) _ About 300 Carroll High School Students walked out of their classrooms to a nearby football field in a protest against new rules barring failing students from extracurricular activities.

″It’s not fair that we don’t have any say in this,″ said Dawn Monroe, a junior at the school and a leader of Tuesday’s walkout. ″They want us to learn more, but the initiative is gone. It’s about time the kids have a say in what happens to them.″

Under new state regulations, a student failing any class is barred from extracurricular activities for six weeks.

Principal Higinio J. Cantu Jr. said the walkout began about 10:30 a.m. after second-period classes and was over with by mid-afternoon. Cantu said he spoke with the protesting students and suggested they study the rules.

″The kids are in the process of understanding the bill,″ he said. ″Some of the students don’t know what they’re protesting against.″

Cantu also said he suggested the students speak with the Legislature.

″I told them that’s how things get done, not by protesting and embarrassing yourselves in front of the media,″ he said.

The school has about 1,900 students, officials said.

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