KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Nearly two dozen Kansas City students took steps to make sure their concerns were recognized.
Lincoln College Prep students walked out of school around 1:40 p.m. Monday. They said it was to raise awareness about what’s happening in the school.
Students who took part in the protest said they don’t feel safe at the school. Some of the students involved claim there’s a history of issues at the school.
“We’ve had multiple incidents where students just don’t feel safe where people could just come to the school, people who don’t even go here, people who come here and threaten to shoot us up or do what they did. It’s horrendous,” Camille Moore, Lincoln Prep Sophomore, said.
Students said they have a list of demands they want Kansas City Public Schools to hear and acknowledge.
“It feels like we’re not being taken seriously. It feels like people aren’t listening to the student voice, especially regarding safety which is a much larger concern. I feel like they push a lot of things under the rug, and I think we just need to feel safe and listened to at our school,” Claire Kaufmanschmidt, Lincoln Prep Sophomore, said.
Students involved in the walkout said they want harsher punishment when it comes to sexual harassment and assault. They also want the high school to take complaints from students more seriously and have more mental health resources available for students.
The walkout happened less than a week after Kansas City Public Schools notified families that a Lincoln College Prep staff member is under investigation, accused of sending inappropriate communications to a student.
The school district placed the accused staff member on administrative leave while both the school district and Kansas City Police investigate the allegations.
The district said it was aware of the student-led walkout at Lincoln College Prep Monday.
“… we have listened to the sentiments being shared by some of our students. This afternoon, we did our best to coordinate and allow student voice of about 25 students while also maintaining the safety and security of all students and staff at LCPA. We remain committed to working through these challenges together so that our school can be a place where everyone feels safe and supported in their learning,” the district said in a statement and a letter to families with students at the school.
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