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Hazelwood Central students show support for Mizzou protests

Hazelwood Central students show support for Mizzou protests

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A group of Hazelwood Central High School students spent part of their lunch period Wednesday showing solidarity with protests at Mizzou that led to the resignation of the university system president and a chancellor. 

The group gathered in the commons area in the lunch room and held hands. When the principal asked them to disperse at the end of lunch, they did and went to class. 

“After our students graduate, many of them look forward to attending Mizzou,” said Kimberly McKenzie, spokeswoman for the Hazelwood School District. “The protest today was their way of showing support.”

Principal Audrey Lee sent a letter to parents that described the demonstration as "peaceful" and "respectful." She also reiterated what the consequences would be if potential demonstrations in the future would escalate.

"While the Hazelwood School District respects the voices of our students, as well as honor their First Amendment rights to protest, this cannot occur during instructional time," she wrote.

Student demonstrators did not leave the building, McKenzie said. 

Last December, students at a different Hazelwood school -- Hazelwood East -- did leave the building as they joined hundreds of students at other north St. Louis County high schools and walked out protesting a grand jury's decision not to bring charges against the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson.

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