Students who march Monday face discipline
HISD and other districts say those attending rally on immigration could be cited, suspended
— reported by the Houston Chronicle
Houston-area schools leaders are asking students to stay in class during the immigration march scheduled for Monday in downtown — one of nearly 100 events scheduled nationally that day to protest immigration reforms.
Houston Independent School District and surrounding school systems have vowed to discipline students who skip class for the 1 p.m. march, which starts at Guadalupe Plaza at Navigation and Jensen, just east of downtown. Students with unexcused absences could be subject to police citations and suspensions, officials said.
After seeing more than 1,400 HISD students walk out of class to protest last week, organizers of the April 10 march — being billed as one of the largest for immigrant rights in U.S. history — agreed to support districts’ pleas to keep students in school. Houston organizers said they tried to schedule activities for later in the day, but city regulations prohibit marches between 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.