Alberta resistance? May 3 schools walkout to protest new UCP government

Alberta resistance? May 3 schools walkout to protest new UCP government

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[CBC News] A group of Calgary students have planned a provincewide school walkout to protest the incoming United Conservative Party government’s stance on gay-straight alliances.

VIDEO: [660 News] Kirsten Fong interviews student credited with coordinating province-wide walkout, planned for May 3, to protest UCP policies on gay-straight alliances. [Apr. 19, 2019]

Grade 10 student Aimee, 16, is helping organize the protest in response to premier-designate Jason Kenney’s pledge to proclaim the Education Act (2014).

The move would remove the current prohibition on parental notification when students join GSAs, peer support groups for LGBTQ students. Kenney has said he supports GSAs in schools, and it would be up to teachers decide whether it’s in the best interest of a student to inform their parents when they join one.

“We are protesting this policy because sometimes it’s just not safe for these students to go home and have their parents know that they’re part of a GSA,” Aimee told CBC News.

CBC agreed to withhold Aimee’s last name because she said the walkout organizers have received hateful messages online.

This article continues at [CBC News] Alberta students plan walk out over GSAs for May 3

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