by Felicia Felix, contributing reporter/photographer
(STX, September 22, 2023).
CHS and SCEC High School students joined in protest against inhumane, unfit school campus conditions and voice demands to DOE
CHS and SCEC High School students joined in protest against inhumane, unfit school campus conditions and voice demands to DOE. Photo credit: F. FelixAfter more than 4 days of protests, students from St. Croix Central High school marched westward towards St. Croix Educational Complex grounds to join their sister high school in a peaceful display against inhumane campus conditions chronically ignored by the Department of Education.
Parents, teachers, students, and supporters rallied against the unsafe, oppressive, and intolerable school conditions in their respective schools and across the Big Island.
Demands for action to provide a conducive learning environment for our young students and better work conditions for teachers drove protestors to take a stand.
Numerous outcries against a barrage of issues such as no running water, unavailability of textbooks, sewage problems, hot classrooms without AC, no drinking water, broken bathrooms, leaking roofs, missing floor tiles, lack of school equipment, insufficient school personnel, and more were addressed.
According to complaints by protestors, “It is the hope that by taking this overdue stance against this injustice, the VI Department of Education and VI Government will take accountability and correct this broken and faulty public education system.”