Violence at Lawrence Highschool prompts parents and staff to protest

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10/18/21 By Sebastian Ospina

Staff, parents, and teachers protested today at Lawrence High School, demanding a change to the rampant fights gripping school grounds. Elected officials have decided to hold an emergency meeting to address the violence.

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The group rallied outside the school, staging a walk-in at around 7:30 a.m. Organizers of the rally are asking for control of the school to be returned to the local level, and for the decade-long receivership in Lawrence to end. 

Lawrence Mayor Kendrys Vasquez told the Eagle Tribune on Monday that the year-long break from in-person education took a “mental and emotional toll on students, educators, and the community alike that will require special attention and additional resources in our school community.”

The emergency meeting to confront rising school violence in Lawrence schools is set for 7 p.m. at the Lawrence Public Library.