after final classes let out at Jean D. Lafayette Elementary Wednesday,
three parents and their children occupied a classroom for hours in
opposition of the Chicago Public Schools' (CPS) plan to close the school
for good this month.
The up to nine parents and children, some of whom
were students at the school, occupied the classroom at about 2:30 p.m.
Several police officers were on scene, but no arrests were made.
More than 50 protestors gathered outside Lafayette to show their
solidarity. Education activists linked arms and formed a human chain in
front of the school’s entrance.
“We’re not going to stop
fighting,” said Windy Pearson, a member of Action Now, outside
Lafayette. “We have people who are adamant about what is happening to
their schools and to their kids and to our community, and this is just
one of the many protests that will go on in regards to these schools.” Read more »