“All we were trying to do was promote peace and recognize that people are dying every day” November 7, 2007Posted by Jeff in "Reality has a well-known liberal bias", Crime and punishment at Morton West.
Suspended Morton students demand return to class
November 6, 2007
BY KATE N. GROSSMAN Education Reporter
About 10 Morton West High School students suspended over an anti-war protest at the school last week returned to the Berwyn school today to demand they be allowed back in classes.
The kids were accompanied by about 20 parents and anti-war activists at a press conference in front of Morton West. About 25 students were suspended and face expulsions after staging a protest against the Iraq war in the school cafeteria last Thursday.
District 201 Supt. Ben Nowakowski has insisted the students seriously disrupted the school day. All classes were locked down after the protesters locked arms and refused to move, he said previously. The students insist they were peaceful.
Parents and their children, who were suspended for staging a sit-in at the school, protest Tuesday the harsh punishment given to the students.
“All we were trying to do was promote peace and recognize that people are dying every day,” said sophomore Adam Szwarek. “They said it was insubordination.”
The parents of the suspended students delivered a letter to Nowakowski demanding amnesty for their children. They want them back in school by Thursday. A call today to Nowakowski’s office by the Chicago Sun-Times was not immediately returned.
Dr. Ben Nowakowski, Superintendent
2423 South Austin, Cicero, IL 60804
Mr. Lucas, Principal
Morton West High School
2400 S. Home Ave.
Berwyn, IL 60402
Mr. Jeffry Pesek, President
Board of Education, District 201
3145 South 55th Avenue
Cicero, IL 60804