Carlton High School students join statewide walkout to 'stand in solidarity against racial injustice'

Ryan Juntti
Updated: April 20, 2021 02:33 PM
Created: April 19, 2021 10:27 PM

On Monday, a group of Carlton High School students joined a statewide movement to "stand in solidarity against racial injustice."

Around 30 students participated in a statewide school walkout. 

With chants and signs, they expressed how they want to see change.

"No justice. No peace. Prosecute the police" they chanted as they marched from Carlton High School to a nearby parking lot, holding all sorts of different signs. Some said things like, "Black Lives Matter", and "Power to the People."

During the march, social distancing was also enforced.

At the end of it, activist Jaylah Willis addressed the students.

"If you're here today, it's because you're tired of everything that's going on. If you're here today, you want to see change," said Willis.

She also drew on her own experiences with racism.

"You don't get to choose to be black. You are black, and you go through discrimination almost every single day," said Willis.

Willis said it meant a lot to her to see the students joining the effort, and that she wanted to support their efforts.

"It's also not about the number of kids that come out. It's about that there are kids that want to make a change. It doesn't matter if there was only five kids that wanted to come out. I still would've did this today," said Willis.

The students also took a knee for nine and a half minutes to honor all of the Black people killed at the hands of police.

Carlton High School junior Haley Ableiter helped organize the event. She says she sees underrepresentation of black students at the school, and wants to make sure everyone feels included.

"We're hoping that we get more representation here at Carlton, and get a voice for those who maybe don't want to speak themselves," said Ableiter. "I hope that they make this a better place for everybody, and everybody feels like they have a home here at Carlton," she said. 

She also expressed concerns about the current racial climate, and what it could mean for her loved ones.

"I have a lot of family and friends who are people of color, and I'm scared that I don't know when they're going to be next," said Ableiter.    

The walkout was open to any students and staff who wanted to participate. 

Statewide, around 110 schools participated.

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