Local Students Protest Government Shutdown

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MEDINA, Ohio – It’s no secret Congress has disappointed a lot of people lately, but now, they can add a group of eighth graders to the list.

Students from AI Root Middle School in Medina just found out they won’t get to go to Washington, D.C. because of the government shutdown.

So, to show their unhappiness with the situation, they planned a peaceful protest.

"There's a saying that if you tell me something, I'll forget. If you show me, I may remember. But if you involved me, I'll understand," said Principal Chad Wise.

The march started at the school Wednesday afternoon and ended at the square near the gazebo. There, students stood along the streets with signs, chanting and cheering.

"I was really upset, because I was really looking forward to it and it just really caught me off guard," said Holly Kurkul.

Wise said there would've been no point in taking the kids since all the major tourist sites aren't open.

"We obviously don't know how long the government is going to be shut down, but we do have plans to reschedule the trip, whether it's in November or maybe in the spring. But as soon as the government is back up and running, we'll be there," he said.

All students who took part did receive parental consent.

1 Comment

  • LS

    Good for them! I have an 8th grader at Cloverleaf Middle School who is scheduled to go to D.C. in the spring who is already asking me if they will be able to go or not. These kids look forward to this trip for many years!

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