Students from across the state of Minnesota walked out of class Monday in protest of police shootings, bias and other issues related to racial injustice.
As the Derek Chauvin Trial of George Floyd’s death comes to an end, the Minnesota communities are still in the arms of the recent police shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright. Wright was fatally shot and killed by recently retired officer Kimberly Potter after allegedly mistaking her gun for a taser.
Amid the police death of two unarmed black men and ongoing protests against Black Lives Matter, thousands of Minnesota students left class and took to the streets on Monday to denounce racial inequality, the Sahan Journal reports.
Swarms of students gathered outside US Bank Stadium and the State Capitol as floods of other student protesters struck strikes in tiny suburban communities across Minnesota. The strike was reportedly organized through MN Teen Activists’ Instagram page with a scheduled time of 1:00 p.m. to 1:47 p.m.
During the nationwide rallies, students held moments of silence, singing, and speaking. In posts shared on the Instagram page, students of all origins can be seen in solidarity. A video clip from the Friedley Senior High strike shows a young man from New York who came to Minnesota to support the protests.
In today’s student-led strikes at each of our three major high schools (and across Minnesota), our scholars were civic and used their voices to make change. According to student leaders, the events marked lives that were lost to police. # 279StudentVoice pic.twitter.com/2zkff4IZxq
– Osseo Area Schools (@ ISD279) April 19, 2021
Osseo Area Schools took to Twitter to express their support for their students who took part in the peaceful strikes. “In today’s student-led strikes at each of our three major high schools (and across Minnesota), our scholars were civic and used their voices to make change,” the tweet read. “According to student leaders, the events marked lives that were lost by the police.”