Globe: 200 protest tardiness penalty.
Cara Lisa Powers writes the reporter to ask why she only quoted school officials in her story about the protest and resulting schoolwide lockdown at John D. O'Bryant High School of Mathematics and Science:
... I am incredibly troubled by the portrait that this paints of young people who are protesting a policy that they view as unjust. By only quoting the spokesperson from the Boston Public Schools, and not giving any voice to the youth, you are reinforcing the dominant perception that adults' opinions are more valid than those of young people.
The young people that organized this protest are standing up for something that they believe in. Further, they are doing it in a time-honored tradition of organizing their community. Implying that a peaceful, organized, silent protest is somehow unruly is just as unjust as corralling students into an auditorium and preventing their teacher's from teaching them. I'd like to know what "more healthy" approach their headmaster would have liked to see, other than a peaceful silent protest. ...