Eli Ridder | Report

High school students at over 500 high schools across Ontario walked out of their classrooms on Thursday to protest changes made to the provincial education system by the government under Premier Doug Ford.

The walkout, organized largely via an Instagram hashtag #StudentsSayNo, featured thousands of students spurred a viral post made by grade 12 Natalie Moore that quickly spread across the province.

The hashtag has been used over 4,500 times and an account dedicated to the Students Say No movement has accrued some 18,000 followers ahead of the protest.

Signs reading “hands off my music program”, “protect our teachers”, expletives against the premier and many more adorned walkout locations.

The Guelph walkout had over 300 students participating, many of them taking turns to lead chants and make speeches at a microphone. Students said that they were there to “make a statement” and “stand up for our future”.

The walkout started at 1:15 p.m. and saw students in Toronto held many signs critical of Ford and students in London marched on its city hall.

At Queen’s Park, Ford criticized the walkouts, saying the students were being used as pawns by “union bosses telling the teachers and the students what to do.”

All images via The Avro Post.

Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a freelance journalist. He founded The Avro Post in October 2017. He writes for Breaking911 and Guelph Politico, among others. Feel free to connect at ELIRIDDER@ICLOUD.COM or at ELIRIDDER.CA

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