Andy’s Youth Suspended from School
Over 6 month Anniversary Protest
Parents and Supporters to Gather at Cook Middle Tomorrow Morning to Demand Admission
At 7:55am Tuesday morning dozens of Andy’s Youth gathered in front of Cook Middle School in Santa Rosa to commemorate the 6-month anniversary of 13-year old Andy Lopez murdered 6 months ago by Sonoma County Deputy Sheriff Erick Gelhaus. The students held up signs in front of the school demanding that DA Ravitch immediately indict Deputy Gelhaus and that the Cook Principal and teachers cease making demeaning and disparaging comments about Andy – such as blaming Andy for his own death by not following “instructions”.
In response, the Cook principal and teachers grabbed the student protesters signs and locked the school gate prohibiting the students from entering the school premises. Unable to enter their classrooms, the protest marched to nearby Elsie HS to call on the Elsie students to join them. After marching past the police into the school building, demonstrators marched through the halls calling on their fellow students to walkout.
School administrators put Elsie on lockdown, locking classroom doors so no one could join the marchers.
Cook has sent word to the parents of at least 2 dozen Cook students that they have been suspended from school for the protest. It was not the students, but the administration that locked the gates and refused students entry.
Tomorrow – Wednesday April 22, 2014 at 7:45am, the suspended students, Andy’s Youth, their parents and members of the Justice Coalition will gather in front of Cook to demand that the students be allowed to attend school and return to class.
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