Denver area students walk out of school in protest

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 23, 2014 at 6:01 p.m.



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ARVADA, Colo. (AP) — Hundreds of students walked out of classrooms around suburban Denver on Tuesday.

They staged the civil disobedience in protest over a conservative-led school board proposal to focus history education on topics that promote citizenship, patriotism and respect for authority.

The youth protest in the Arvada school district follows a sick-out from teachers that shut down two high schools. Many students waved American flags and carried signs, including messages that read "There is nothing more patriotic than protest."

The school board proposal that triggered the walkout calls of instructional materials that present positive aspects of the nation and its heritage.

The proposal has not been voted on and was put on hold last week.

A school district spokeswoman says the student protesters were not punished.

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