By Nevada Leslie
The leadership of several student groups at WLC has extended an invitation to “Student Voices”, an upcoming forum that will be held on Tuesday, November 22 at 2:30 in the library.
The forum is open to everyone and will be mediated by Dr. Jay Marks of Oakland Schools.
The leaders of the forum are hoping to get at least one hundred people to show and and voice their opinions. The main purpose of this forum is to discuss how to feel safe and get along with each other, which is extremely important after the election.
Student groups met with Dr. Marks, Principal Chuck Morgan, Assistant Principal Eric Henderson, along with teachers and counselors on Tuesday, November 15 to discuss the questions that will be presented at the forum, the main goals of the forum, and a basic overview of how to achieve peace at school was covered rid of the hate was covered. Junior Xavier Kemp, who attended the meeting, said, “It was time for a discussion to see if people really feel safe at Central.” He hopes that with the help of this gathering we will find the answer and a solution to the problem, because every person who walks through Central’s front doors should feel as though they are welcomed and safe no matter their beliefs.
The past two weeks have been rough on the students of Walled Lake Central. After Republican candidate Donald Trump was named the 45th President of the United States, people around the world, and especially WLC, began to feel afraid. Afraid of the actions of the president-elect and afraid of the people who chose to support what they believe is Trump’s hate campaign. Many students felt as though the best way to express these feeling would be a march protesting the election and the hate, but once news of the protest hit administration plans were halted in fear of the safety of the protestors. This forum is the result of continuing to look for a safe and productive way for students to move forward.