Just over a week ago, high school students in Oregon got triggered.
Somewhere around 100 students walked out of school in protest.
There seems to have been quite the cultural shift — I can’t imagine anyone in my high school feeling entitled enough to protest…anything.
We were in high school…whatever they said, we did. Because…we were…in high school.
But today’s teens appear to have the power.
And so, at West Linn High, they used it.
A C-note’s worth of kids showed the school who’s boss by walking out in order to protest the WLHS’s dastardly decision to allow a Chick-fil-A food truck to sell delicious chicken sandwiches during a football game.
This came, according to Portland’s KATU2, amid other incidents which were said to make LGBT students not feel “safe.”
Dozens of students walked out of West Linn High School Friday to protest the school’s use of Chick-Fil-A at football games and other recent homophobic incidents. https://t.co/6YZokxiZ5e pic.twitter.com/621hPPaLxB
— KATU News (@KATUNews) November 8, 2019
Safe — we defined that differently back in the day, too. If you were alive, basically, you were safe.
The walkout was organized by the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance. Some teachers helped the students prepare for the rally.
A group wearing MAGA hats also took part in the Friday protest: Instead of rainbow flags, they were waving Chick-fil-A bags.
In response to the LGBT uproar, West Linn’s public information officer, Andrew Kilstrom, had this to say:
“The West Linn-Wilsonville School District takes all matters of school safety seriously, and diligently investigates and addresses all potential safety concerns. That includes bullying or cyberbullying.”
Furthermore, from KATU:
The school says it’ll look further into a vetting process for vendors in the future.
Kilstrom said he’s not aware of any specific incidents of harassment among students. He said there have been issues in the past and its something they’re constantly working on.
He said the Chick-Fil-A food truck was one of several vendors selected by the booster club for football games this season.
Feel free to peruse the (long!) video below for various moments of protest, which include the chant, “Learn without hate!”
We defined that word differently, too; back then, it denoted…hate. Now, it looks to just mean “disagreement.”
Students are walking out at West Linn High School. They say the school's current culture is not safe for LGBTQ+ students.
Posted by KATU News on Friday, November 8, 2019
But it’s more than just teens updating the term; the aforementioned mantra came from roughly two dozen adults supporting the rally from across the street.
Personally, I find it amazing that any kind of protest occurs among youngsters at all, let alone while in school. When I was their age, the principal would’ve just suspended everyone who left where they were supposed to be. And to whatever degree tenure allowed, any teacher encouraging the protest would’ve been fired.
Putting aside the sinister issue of a piece of chicken with a pickle on it being sold at a game where people run around in the grass and toss a ball to each other, what do you think about the modern age’s empowerment of young people? Better or worse?
Are we lucky to have such emboldened kids, or are we in big trouble?
I look forward to hearing from you.
Oh, and here’s a bit of social media response:
Yeah watch out. Those chicken sandwiches bite
— iowahok23 (@noneatall1234) November 8, 2019
It is a chicken sandwich.
— Ty Yee (@73sithlord) November 9, 2019
— 4thGenPDX (@leftcoaster48) November 8, 2019
Anything to blow off classes.
Expel them. They can protest on their own time.
— Big Diesel F350 (@F350Big) November 9, 2019
Of course they did, cause chicken is unsafe 🙄🤦♀️
— Jen 🍯🐝 Meag (@JenLSMeag) November 8, 2019
Remember this story next time you hear/read the media’s breathless reporting of kids walkouts over climate change/guns. They will literally walk out of school over a chicken sandwich, it doesn’t take any real ‘cause’ to motivate them, just an excuse to get out of class is enough
— Nathaniel (@putercom2) November 15, 2019
How can you say “other recent homophobic incidents” right after Chick-Fil-A? There’s nothing homophobic about eating chicken sandwiches at a football game.
— Ben Buss (@benbuss6) November 9, 2019
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