Detention for Bloomsburg Students Involved in Protest

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- Students at Bloomsburg Area High School had two separate walkouts at the school in Columbia County. In both cases, students faced consequences for leaving class but still participated in the nationwide movement.

Most students stayed inside the school while a few left, but all involved walked out of class. They wanted to make their voices heard, telling Newswatch 16 that enough is enough and schools nationwide need to be safe for students.

Only a few students walked out the doors of Bloomsburg Area Senior High School for National Walkout Day.

Facing a two-day suspension, brother and sister Elijah Scurry and Niiki Housewert still decided to walk outside to make sure their voices were heard, protesting gun violence.

"Between track and doing what is right and contemplating, I decided to do what is right. Track can come another day," said junior Elijah Scurry.

A family member of two of the students tells Newswatch 16 he was in support of their choice to walk out. He believes more students should have come out but was happy with the few that did.

"Making sure that he is willing to be strong enough to know that he is going to deal with what his actions and it just makes me proud he is willing to stand for something," Steven Williams said.

Some students decided to leave their classrooms but not the building but they were still punished with a one-day in-school suspension.

They sat in the auditorium to serve that but still had signs honoring those who lost their lives at Parkland High School in Florida.

Jenna Madden has never been suspended or served a detention in her four years at Bloomsburg Area, but she tells Newswatch 16 she was inspired by the students speaking out in Florida.

"It's something I believe in and that we need to make a change in this country and make sure all schools all around the world are safe," said senior Jenna Madden.

The national protest against gun violence doesn't end on Wednesday. Next week, there will be a national "March For Our Lives" event in Washington, D.C. with students all over the country.

12 comments

  • J (@ds18301)

    They should sue the school even if they weren’t suspended as the threat alone by the Administration is infringement of free speech rights. This is absurd and unlawful. When you get rid of pep rallies, dozens of days of learning lost on mandated testing, days lost to field trips to amusement parks, then maybe I’ll listen to arguments that their 17 minutes of peaceful expression were somehow “disruptive” to the learning process.

    • ozzycoop

      Take time off of work to “protest” and see how long you keep your job. It has nothing to do with infringing on anyones rights. A company has every right to expect their employees to be at their job and a school has a legal responsibility to make sure the kids in it’s district are educated.

      • J (@ds18301)

        1) School is not a job. 2) Cut out the weeks lost to pep rallies, field trips to amusement parks, lost classes for sports, mandated useless testing etc then I’ll consider worrying about 17 minutes of free speech. 3) If there was a news story about a kid who wanted to go and “pray” for 17 minutes and was disciplined, you’d be at the school with a torch and pitchfork. 4) These kids are heroes and give me some hope for the future.

  • Gerald_Y (@gy101py)

    All I ever hear is that the young people show no interest in anything other then video games and their phones. And yet when they show a compassion for a cause whether or not you agree or disagree we punish them!

  • Jim Burnetti

    Good for the students. Any reputable university will give them public service credit and preference for admission. I’ve got my March for Our Lives shirt. A charitable donation to support the cause. President #Pornohontas is neither stable nor a genius for advocating for MORE guns in schools.

  • fast dad (@1Fastdad)

    students shooting students…students walking out of school??? where did the problem start? 50 years ago we shoot bows in school [archery] others took guns to school to rifle ranges. no problems.. but american familys all sat at super table most evenings. but now corp. america has 12 hour days now. breaks the family unit up for many.. then watch tv 50 years ago and compare to now. and there are more reasons why these kids are so messed now days.suspend them

    • ozzycoop

      Wow are you living in the past. America was a sh@! hole 50 years ago too only it wasn’t plastered all over the internet. And you are complaining about kids walking out of school? 50 years ago was 1968. The Vietnam era was defined by kids walking out of school and it’s anti-establishment movements. Geez you must have been high. I guess it was ok for kids in the 70s to protest but not ok for kids now? Get a clue.

  • Peter Peier

    How can you punish kids for exercising their first amendment right. The Constitution says: We the People ( Not we the Adults). To all kids that will be 18 years old this year fulfill your voting right this November and send these outdated political suits to the beach. It’s time for a change in this Country and you really will make “America great again” but definitely not the Trump way. Right on keep it up!!

      • David Pinero

        Yeah, “disrupting the educational process”, like the shooters at Columbine, Sandy Hook, and Parkland. It’s good that these kids are telling the world that it isn’t “business as usual” until someone in Congress gets a backbone. Disrupt away, fast and furiously kids.

      • John Crawford

        Well they better stop teaching government because they tell you that it’s ok to protest and that all voices will be heard and if I’m not mistaken they do have freedom of speech and they teach you that freedom of speech is your right. Some more and less they’re being taught something then being punished for it where is that right.

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