West Valley High students hold war protest

Posted: Friday, March 07, 2003

FAIRBANKS (AP) More than 100 high school students in Fairbanks participated in a class walkout at West Valley High School to protest the possibility of war with Iraq.

The students walked out of the school Wednesday at 1:10 p.m. They gathered around the flag pole and then marched down Geist Road to the University Avenue intersection.

The students at West Valley organized the protest as part of a nationwide student strike spearheaded by the National Youth and Student Peace Coalition.

Katie Richmond, one of the student organizers, said she felt strongly that a war with Iraq would be wrong. And she said the money going toward the war is too much for what is being cut from school budgets.

Some of the other students also voiced strong objections about going to war with Iraq.

The government needs to justify this war before taking such drastic action,'' said Lindsay Solie, 17.

Freshman Erik Zornes agreed.

I don't think there has been a lot of thought put into it,'' he said.

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