The Sept. 20 climate strike that students took part in around the state was supported, in part, by some school administrations that chose to look the other way, or sanction the walk out through quiet support.
In Homer, according to KBBI public radio, one of the student leaders of the climate strike was allowed to use the Homer High School intercom to announce the strike and direct students to pick up their protest signs on their way to the gathering place in the park, where she and others spoke.
“The law says that we must attend school, but as our world is being ripped apart at the seams, the goal of going to school becomes pointless. Why devote our young lives to becoming educated when our governments are not listening to the educated,” Sophie Morin said to the crowd at the park.
According to KBBI, Morin doesn’t think she’ll experience any negative repercussions from participating in the walk out.
But the question here is did Homer High School give a wink and a nod to the walkout? Would Homer High School allow a student to use the intercom to announce a pro-life strike? A pro-Second Amendment walk out?
Rep. Sarah Vance offered an alternative for students and teachers — she made herself available in the school library for discussions with anyone who wanted to talk. Nearly 50 students came by the library between fifth and sixth period and Vance said the discussion was positive.
The number of student school skippers who took part in the climate strike in Homer appeared to be less than a dozen, as many of the people at the rally were adults.
Homer High School performs better than most schools around the state academically, but has a chronic absentee rate of over 21 percent of students missing more than one out of 10 days of classes.