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South Sioux City School District warns against protesting on campus, offers alternatives

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SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. (KTIV) - The type of student demonstration which was previously allowed to take place in the South Sioux City School District could be a thing of the past.

On April 9th, nearly 100 students at South Sioux City High School held a protest outside of the school. Students said they wanted their voices to be heard on several issues, ranging from racial discrimination, religious inequality to the treatment of the LGBTQ community in the district.

School administrators knew about the protest and said they allowed it to happen so students could have the chance to communicate on issues, which are important to them.

Now, the school district has released an online video about protests, walkouts, and demonstrations that were made available to KTIV. In the video, Superintendent Todd Strom says safety, diversity and respect are important behaviors in their schools, and they expect it from all students and staff.

But when it comes to protests, walkouts and demonstrations Strom says those are forbidden in the schools and on school grounds. Instead, Strom encourages students to engage in conversations on any issue by speaking with a teacher, meeting with a school counselor, or meeting with a building principal.

In the video, Strom says, "Exactly what happened last Friday, is not allowed. Protests, walkouts, demonstrations, those are forbidden in schools and on school grounds. Students who engage in any protests, walkouts or demonstrations are subject to disciplinary consequences. We do not want that to happen."

Strom says the district is providing an online option for students on the district's website, to speak with school leaders about their concerns.

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Shelby Fickett

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