200 students walk out of PRP High School in support of teachers - WDRB 41 Louisville News

200 students walk out of PRP High School in support of teachers

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Approximately 200 students walked out of Pleasure Ridge Park High School Wednesday afternoon around 1 p.m.

WDRB was the only station there when they walked out of the building.

Several held signs in support of their teachers and other PRP staff members. They told WDRB News that they are tired of violent behavior and argued that students who fight and assault others are not properly disciplined.

"We could fight as much as we want -- they won't be able to suspend us," one student said. "Our teachers will have to put up with things that are ridiculous. We won't be able to even learn."

"We should not ever have to walk out of class because our teachers are being treated unfairly," another student said. "We should not ever have to walk out of class because the new code of conduct is basically saying we could sexually assault someone and not be suspended for it. That's ridiculous."

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens says proposed changes to the student code of conduct are meant to clarify vague areas.

"So what we want teachers to know is how much we do value them and how much every decision really revolves around the center of the universe, which is the classroom," Hargens said.  

PRP High School is among 60 schools that had walk-ins this morning.

Initially, students were locked out of the building and could not get back in. At around 1:30 p.m., school security and administrators let them back in the building. It is not clear whether the students will be disciplined for walking out of class.

As of 1:45 p.m., all but a few had gone back inside the building.

"My teacher 100 percent supported me going out here to protest," said a student.

"I'll do this everyday till it stops," another student said.

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(Reporter Antoinette Konz can be reached at 585-0838 or @tkonz on Twitter.)

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