Nothing Like a Good High School Protest

February 29, 2008 at 2:40pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Ahh, high school protests. Is there anything like the atmosphere you get when you combine a save-the-world attitude with the opportunity to cut class for a good (or “good”) cause? A couple hundred Lincoln High students protested the removal of some trees yesterday by walking out. But best of all:

They formed a raucous circle in front of the school and sang “Kumbaya” and “Lean On Me.”

Awesome. No high school protest is complete without a round or two of Kumbaya.

Now, I know it sounds like I’m mocking these students. I am. Teenagers express themselves in goofy ways, and this, to me, is one example. But darn it, the high school protest is a right of passage. It’s practically a requirement to graduate.

I just wish they could have picked a problem with public education that’s a bit more, I don’t know, substantial.

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Fletch February 29, 2008 at 3:02pm

Seems about 3 weeks too late. What are they supposed to do, see the protest, and respond with an apology and glue all the trees back on to their stumps?

Dave K February 29, 2008 at 3:25pm

That means it took them three weeks to figure out they could get massive publicity, congratulations, and adoration for skipping class.  Dumb kids, they should have already known that! wink

Moses February 29, 2008 at 5:04pm

Waiting until it was warm enough to stand outside.

Mr. T February 29, 2008 at 5:46pm

I’m glad the walkout was only 30 minutes. Foregoing education should never be an option.

Gene February 29, 2008 at 6:29pm


Isotope February 29, 2008 at 8:49pm

So supporting our environment is “goofy” and without substance? Showing something besides apathy is to be ridiculed?

Where do you get the 3 weeks? They didn’t know it was happening until too late, so unfortunately all they could do was register their disagreement. But even if it’s after the fact, it’s still good to let people know you’re upset, or you just keep getting walked on in life.

BTW - the weather wasn’t that great - it was during a cold rain.

And they didn’t cut class - it was during lunch break.

(How can the view of the capitol be improved when that building is to the west and the trees are on the north?)

It takes so long for a tree to grow - if they wanted shorter trees, they could have done a gradual cutting, replacing a few trees a year with shorter trees.

I applaud these young adults!

Fletch February 29, 2008 at 9:20pm

Either the article said, or KLIN said this morning, that more than 2 weeks had passed since the trees were cut. I just don’t get the idea of protesting something like that after the fact - you can’t bring those trees back. Maybe they can chain themselves to the leftover stumps.

Or, instead of a silly walkout, they could work with the county extension agency, get 300 seedlings, and actually go plant new trees somewhere. You know, something creative that actually helps the problem and not just says “it’s about me! me! me!” and the trees, uh, not so much.

Gene March 2, 2008 at 2:46pm

Or they could sit at home playing with their Xbox or trying to score meth. Or perhaps counting down the days until they turn 18 and purchase firearms, better yet, stealing some from a local vendor.

I think it’s a pretty sad statement that these kids are the target of this much ridicule. Are the people that stand outside of Planned Parenthood equally as “goofy?” After all, to some degree they are protesting abortions after the fact.

Fletch March 2, 2008 at 4:07pm

Good point, Gene. Maybe too much ridicule.

And yes, I think the people at Planned Parenthood are WAY MORE goofy and deserve much more ridicule. I may not be the largest Planned Parenthood fan in the world, but I think there are certain elements that are a much-needed service, and I have a very low tolerance level for the people that stand outside and protest all the time. (And remember, I’m an “R”). I hate the people that line up O Street each year with signs that say Abortion Kills Children, and protest outside the Berkshire Hathaway annual convention with posters showing dead fetuses. I think’s it’s all way overboard.

Mr. T March 2, 2008 at 4:28pm

I agree with you Isotope. I didn’t know that it was during the lunch break. Now had it been during classes, I would have been opposed…not because of the message or topic of the protest, but just in principle I’ve never been very supportive of students turning their backs on education to make a point.

Unless I missed something, I also don’t get where they cut the trees. I drove by their yesterday and I was like WTF its not even on the unicameral side of the school.

Nikki March 2, 2008 at 4:51pm

Even funnier:  They said they were protesting the removal of some trees due to the Antelope Valley project.

From “Several trees were cut down two weeks ago on the North side of the school for the Antelope Valley project. The trees removed Thursday were cut down for the school renovation project.”

Passionate, but not too organized, those kids…

Dave K March 2, 2008 at 5:23pm

‘This much ridicule’ ... are you kidding?  Aside from a couple people here, all I’ve seen is the worship of these kids as if they were protesting the Vietnam War in the 60s and 70s. Almost all of the comments on the LJS stories were nothing short of adoration.  Even if they were being widely ridiculed, they make themselves open to it when they pull off publicity stunts. 

I wonder if the trees were cut down while school was in session.  If they were, why didn’t the kids go out there and stand underneath the trees?  THAT would have been a real demonstration, one that would have entertained me.

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