The walkout was done in protest to the North Bend School District’s decision to remove Principal Bill Lucero from the high school, as part of its settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon.
Lucero stepped outside with them to encourage the students to do well in their classes over the next two to three weeks before school ends for the summer. When he told them it was time to go back inside, the crowd hugged him to chants of “Free Bill.”
What wasn’t as obvious as the tears on some faces was a petition being passed between hands. By the time The World saw it, a page and a half had already been filled with signatures.
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