I write to ask you to correct your story on our school protest which is linked below. It was NOT organized by teachers or administrators. As has happened numerous times in Oakland Unified School District since the election, students organized the protest. You rightly mentioned that teachers and administrators escorted them around on their march, but they did so only to ensure the students stayed safe. I was there and helped make sure that once the students got their message across, they returned to class and their studies.
Just today, there was another protest that stayed on campus at a different middle school, again organized entirely by the students.
Ours is one of the most diverse cities in the nation, and with that diversity comes a deep understanding of the important issues of our time - especially those that touch people of color. Unlike what some of your commenters said, our students - including the younger ones - have powerful thoughts about issues such as social justice, so the fact that they want to protest something that they see as wrong is not surprising in the least.
As for the allegation that the District or the school did not inform the parents until it was over, our first responsibility was to ensure the children, who left en masse, were safe as they walked around. Calling parents was not something we could do until we knew we had all the students safely taken care of.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Director of Communications
Oakland Unified School District