Saturday, January 29, 2005

Student Suspended for Writing Protest Letter

PITTSBURGH POST-TRIBUNE - A Portage student's punishment for writing and printing 200 protest letters over new school policies is taking on tones of a 1960s U.S. Supreme Court case. Tyler Zilz, a sixth-grader at the Willowcreek Middle School, said he received a one-day, in-school suspension Wednesday for writing a three-page protest letter and passing some of the copies out to his classmates. In the letter, which he wrote with the help of his brother Eric, a Willowcreek eighth-grader, he called for students to show their opposition to the rules.

Since Monday, all students have been prevented from wandering halls before the start of school and roaming the cafeteria during lunch period. The moves were designed to make it easier to monitor students, said Andrew Halaschak, Willowcreek's principal. Students haven't been happy with the changes.

"We, as a student body, we are strong," Zilz wrote. "We are also intelligent enough to realize an unfair judgment when we see it." He encouraged students to wear white shirts and blue pants this week to protest. Reports have filtered out that some students are following the protest dress. . .

Zilz's mother, Sherry, said she was called to the school and signed a letter for Halaschak accepting the suspension. She said Halaschak said her son's letters were "interfering with the educational process."


At 2:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

haha i go to this school. willowcreek has fallen apart in the last 2 years cause of these new principals that think they r runnin a maximum security prison

At 10:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

g0 zilz!!! w000t w000t


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