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Minnesota Students Walk Out of Schools in Protest, Chant 'You Can't Stop the Revolution'

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Minnesota high school students walked out of their classrooms Monday afternoon to protest racial injustice, specifically the killing of Daunte Wright during a traffic stop on April 11.

Minnesota Teen Activists organized the protest to begin at 1 p.m. and held a moment of silence at the time of Wright’s death, 1:47 p.m., the Minnesota Star Tribune reported.

“We are hoping that not only school districts receive our statement of action but as well as the state of Minnesota,” group founder Aaliyah Murray, a Fridley High School student, said.

“We are sick and tired of injustice.”

Students from Eden Prairie, Robbinsdale, Elk River, Fridely and Moorhead all walked out of class to highlight problems of racism and discrimination within their schools as well as hurt and frustration over Wright’s death.

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Fridley middle school and high school students held signs reading “Say His Name! Daunte Wright!” and “No Justice, No Peace. No Racist Police.”

Three hundred students in downtown Minneapolis gathered and chanted “You can’t stop the revolution!”

“Our lives matter more than education right now,” Washburn High School student Nyagach Kueth said.

“How can we possibly focus on school when the whole world’s eyes are watching Minnesota now?”

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Minnetonka Coalition for Equitable Education has been pushing the school district for changes like anti-racism training and an updated curriculum.

District spokeswoman JacQueline Getty said the district has made “significant strides” by banning hate symbols in school dress codes, planning to hire more diverse job candidates and creating an online harassment and discrimination reporting system.

“Outreach from our students in particular certainly influenced the development of this goal and the speed by which we have been working on the elements of it,” Getty said.

However, Minnetonka senior Ahlaam Abdulwali said the district has not done enough.

“I’ve seen a really big difference in the attitudes and sentiments that people had last year,” Abdulwali said.

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“It’s just the school administration that isn’t making solid policies and actionable items that will create a change that’s permanent.”

The walkouts occurred as attorneys presented closing arguments in former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s trial.

Minneapolis Public Schools have moved all classes back to distance learning Wednesday-Friday this week in preparation for any unrest that will come after the Chauvin trial, KMSP-TV reported.

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
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Tucson, Arizona
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American
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Graduated with Honors
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Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, University of Oregon
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Contributor for Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future
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