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150 Students Walk Out in Protest at Hopkins High School

They cited 'unfair treatment of minority students,' the Star Tribune reported.

Ed. Note: The video above—shot by a Hopkins High student and showing the walkout—contains a few snippets of profanity, roughly at the 7:20, 10:20, and 11:20 marks.

Hopkins High School was the scene of a student protest Friday, according to the Star Tribune:

About 150 students at Hopkins High School staged a walkout Friday afternoon to protest what they called unfair treatment of minority students at the 1,800-student school in Minnetonka.

“What do we want?” “Equality!” “When do we want it?” “Now!” they chanted during the brief walkout on the balmy spring day, which broke up as soon as school let out and buses arrived about 2:30 p.m.

Last week, prosecutors charged two Hopkins High School students with misdemeanors following a confrontation in the assistant principal's office. The confrontation arose following student protests aimed at the school’s handling of an incident in which they say several white students mocked black culture. The two accused high schoolers called the event "modern-day blackface."

Students watching and taking part in the walkout were divided, according to messages posted on Twitter. Some were unsure of the walkout's purpose, others congratulated each other for taking part.

The school administration issued this statement, the Star Tribune reported:

“Our high school has a richly diverse student body, and we are committed to teaching all students. We recognize our students’ right to protest, but also invite them to come back into the building and share any grievances they may have with the high school administration.”

Read the full post at startribune.com.

G Cremer April 28, 2013 at 11:50 PM
Or you might underestimate the intelligence of Hopkins students--or maybe it's only surprising that descriptor came from a black students mouth. And if they didn't know the term for what the costumed students did or how it made them feel, it's not wrong for an adult to teach students to be taught a little history.
G Cremer April 29, 2013 at 12:05 AM
Parent, since when is it wrong to peacefully protest? Was Martin Luther King not a great leader? Gandhi? Did any of the students proclaim themselves to be the leaders of school culture or role models? If they didn't, then I will. They are trying to affect the culture at Hopkins Schools-- they have to because when they followed procedure and filed a complaint, their school admin. failed them! Isn't it sad that the students have to resort to this? I'm SO PROUD of them.
G Cremer April 29, 2013 at 12:18 AM
RE: Mike B.'s comment: "It's no wonder western Edina residents don't want their kids to attend Hopkins schools. "Diversity" (used by Hopkins' administration) is a code word for "things are going downhill." Mike, is "things going downhill" your code word for something? What might that be?
mike savick May 02, 2013 at 03:19 PM
'Mike B" is the code name for an individual or group of individuals whose posts are full of xenophobia,, homophobia, religious and other forms of hatred. They track specific elected official and issues and spew made up facts and statistics from an extreme right wing view. You can clidk on its posts to see more but not recommended before bed time
mike savick May 02, 2013 at 03:25 PM
These are young people who you may soon be asking to go off to war for you. Give them credit for having intelligence and passion even if you don't agree with their positions. Bucking conventional wisdom has often been the lead up to great advances such as the Civil Right Act of 1964 and new technology.

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