Public School Students in Chicago Walk Out to Protest 'Unsafe' Conditions

Public high school students in Chicago, Illinois, organized a district-wide walkout on Friday, January 14, to protest in-person instruction amid a COVID-19 surge.

Video filmed by Instagram user @enpilsen shows students at Benito Juarez Community Academy in Chicago’s Lower West Side walking out to protest conditions at Chicago Public Schools, according to the caption.

Local youth organization Chicago Public Schools Radical Youth Alliance (Chi-Rads) announced the walkout after citing a list of demands to Mayor Lori Lightfoot and other city officials.

On Wednesday, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) accepted a “tentative” agreement with the CPS bargaining team that addresses “chronically inadequate COVID-19 testing and contact tracing,” and provides students with masks, according to a CTU press release. Credit: @enpilsen via Storyful

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