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Chilliwack middle school students join walkout

Chilliwack middle school students take part in an organized walkout Wednesday, a day after the BCTF
Chilliwack middle school students take part in an organized walkout Wednesday, a day after the BCTF's rotating strike hit School District No. 33.
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Chilliwack middle school students were among thousands of young people across the province who staged a walkout Wednesday, rallying in front of the school for the day.

Holding signs that said "Student strike we have our right!" a group of close to 50 students waved and cheered when drivers passing on Yale Road honked at them.

The provincewide rally organized through a Facebook page BC Student Walkout for Students by Victoria Barker and Mackenzie Timko had 13,800 people confirming they were "going."

"The students in British Columbia have been put in the middle of the labour dispute between the BCTF and the Government for our entire schooling," the page says. "For some of us, that means our entire thirteen years of education. The two sides are like parents who are divorcing and have stuck their children in the middle for the last thirteen years. Each side claims to be 'fighting for the students' yet each side fails to show how they are doing so."

The Facebook page encouraged students to make signs that neither supported the BC Teachers Federation nor the government.

On a frequently asked questions section of the Facebook page, Barker said the group was getting lots of media coverage so she didn't think students would get in trouble.

"The teachers don't get in trouble for striking, so why should we?"

A handful of students were apparently also rallying outside Vedder middle school.

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