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Ariz. Students Protest Immigration Law With Walkouts

By Bryan Toporek — May 07, 2010 1 min read

In an attempt to curb illegal immigrants, Arizona recently passed a controversial immigration bill that sparked a national uproar, according to the Huffington Post.

Last week, it was the students’ turn to protest the new immigration bill, as many skipped class to march in their local streets, to City Hall, or even to the state Capitol, according to local news reports.

The students organized in a number of separate protests throughout the week. One such protest of 200 students took place on Monday, April 26, while 100 other students gathered peacefully on Friday, April 30 to protest the new immigration bill.

“I’m pretty sure half of the school is out here,” one student said while walking towards the Capitol.

Social media sites and text messaging helped the students gather quickly and effectively.

“Its say’s [sic] walk out, everybody walk out at eleven and meet by security,” high school student Victor Ramos said, referring to a text message he received about the protest.

If this type of Facebook-generated student protest sounds familiar, that could be because New Jersey students protested school budget cuts in a similar fashion two weeks ago.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Teaching Now blog.