Students at Charlottesville High School in Charlottesville, Virginia, walked out of classes on Monday, issuing a list of demands to the school district days after they were targeted by a racist threat on 4chan.
The walkout, organized by local activist and student Zyahna Bryant and the high school’s Black Student Union, was framed around pushing the school district for cultural reform and increased safety ― particularly salient concerns in a city where white supremacists held a large and deadly rally less than two years ago. By one estimate, some 200 people joined the Black Student Union and marched through McIntire Park in protest.
“There can be no reconciliation without redistribution of resources for black and brown students,” Bryant told HuffPost Monday afternoon.
Students called for the school district to focus more resources on African-American history courses, hire more black teachers, give its resource officers racial bias training and install a lock and buzzer system at high schools for safety, among other demands.