Houston-area students who participated in walk-outs and protests will have to do the time, or just leave:
Consequences await students who continue protests
— reported by KTRK ABC Channel 13
School districts across the Houston area are urging students to stay in class or else face serious consequences.
Students march on despite disciplinary warnings
— reported by KHOU CBS Channel 11
HISD superintendent Dr. Abe Saavedra on Tuesday said students who engaged in that activity Wednesday could be suspended for up to three days or removed from school. HISD students are only allowed three unexcused absences a semester, officials said.
A Katy ISD spokesperson said the Mayde Creek students were warned of disciplinary action before leaving, but they marched to the courthouse annex on Clay Road anyway.
The spokesperson said those students would receive five days of in-school suspension, and those who were seniors would not be allowed to go on the senior trip.
Alvin ISD considers the students truant, and they will receive in-school suspension or be required to attend Saturday classes.
Hispanic students take to streets again
Protests draw critics, supporters — and efforts from schools to stop them
— reported by the Houston Chronicle
hirley Brothers, spokeswoman for the Alvin school district, said about 100 students started marching from the high school about 7 a.m., a half-hour before school started.
They marched at least 2 miles north on Texas 35 and were demanding to meet with Alvin Mayor Andy Reyes.
In Baytown, about 50 students, some waving the green, white and red flag of Mexico, skipped class to march peacefully across the street from one the town’s two high schools, Robert E. Lee, whose 2,511 students are 49 percent Hispanic.
School administrators met briefly with the students in the school auditorium at 8 a.m. to discuss alternate ways of fighting the proposed changes, including writing letters to government officials and contacting Hispanic news organizations, said Terri Cook, a district spokeswoman.
Many who participated in Tuesday’s activities face citations and detentions for cutting class. The Class C violation carries a fine of up to $500.
The move in Congress to make it a felony to be in the U.S. without proper documentation was included in a U.S. House immigration bill passed in December, but was rejected by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.
Latino community leaders said they were amazed by the turnout.