Chicago’s Lane Tech College Prep students posted the following on Facebook Sunday.
As many of you may have heard, CPS (Chicago Public Schools) has put a ban on anything related to the graphic novel Persepolis. Reading the book in class and even watching the movie is PROHIBITED. CPS has done this without giving legitimate reasoning. This can be considered censorship and borderline unconstitutional.Many people have read this book and see nothing “ban worthy” about it. As students, we should not put up with this unreasonable violations of our rights. WE have a voice. WE can do something about this, which is why we will have a sit in, in the Lane Tech Library this upcoming Monday. The time is still tentative. The school librarian has already been notified of this and is alright with the idea.
If it’s possible, get a copy of the book so that you can read it during the sit in. If you do not have the book, sitting with us acknowledges the cause for the most part.As being students, we need to acknowledge this from the general perspective. Even if you have not read the book, this is an immoral act upon the students attending Chicago Public Schools. In participating in this, we are declaring that this is not morally right.
If you are a student from another Chicago Public School, or care about our rights, please join us in our sit-in in scheduling it at your school. The more people we get involved, the stronger the movement.
INVITE YOUR FRIENDSINFORMATION REGARDING THE SIT-IN:When: Monday, March 18th, 2013
Time: 8:00 am – 11:35 am (1st period – 4th period)
This will take place in the Lane Tech Library. If the library exceeds maximum capacity, students will sit in the hallway, too.
-Will I get in trouble for participating in the sit in?
– NO. We have contacted Dr. Dignam about the sit-in and he informed us that no student who participates in the sit-in will get penalized (i.e. detentions, suspensions, absences, etc.)
-We have permission from Dr. Dignam to do this, as long as people are there to follow the cause. This means if you are there to socialize or ‘skip class,’ please don’t even try to come. WE WILL HAVE SECURITY AND DISCIPLINARY ACTION WILL BE INTACT TO PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT RESPECTFUL TO THE CAUSE.
SIGN IN SHEETS:
People who plan on participating must sign in at the beginning of every period to the original person they signed into. These people include Lena G, Fiona McKeon, Sam Castellano, and Neive Marie Espy.
We will be holding up signs that say SIGN IN HERE so you know where to go. You can sign in with any of us.
IF YOU NEED TO LEAVE TO GO TO THAT ONE CLASS YOU ABSOLUTLEY CANNOT MISS, YOU MUST FIND THE PERSON YOU SIGNED IN WITH, TELL THEM YOU ARE GOING BACK TO CLASS, AND WRITE DOWN THE PD YOU LEFT THE SIT IN. IF AFTER THAT PD ENDS, YOU WANT TO COME BACK TO THE SIT IN, YOU MUST ONCE AGAIN FIND THE PERSON YOU SIGNED IN WITH AND WRITE DOWN THE PERIOD YOU RETURNED.
If you have a TEST/QUIZ/PRESENTATION THAT DAY- GO TO CLASS!
-Just because you show up, DOES NOT mean you will not be punished if you act out. There WILL be security there, and if you get out of hand, YOU WILL be subject to disciplinary action. WE WANT THIS TO BE AS SUCCESSFUL AS POSSIBLE AND THAT WILL ONLY WORK IF WE BEHAVE.
WHAT IT WILL CONSIST OF:
– This is a SIT IN…We will SIT. And READ. You do not need to bring the book with you. You can hold up signs expressing your opinions toward CPS, Persepolis, Censorship, etc.
– If you have other banned books, feel free to bring them and read them there.
WHY WE’RE DOING THIS:
Our goal of this is to get the media to notice what WE the students of Cps are doing. Since Lane cannot have media come inside the building, we will have chosen representatives come around and interview/photograph people.
We are staging this sit in for a number of different reasons. One being, that while the book was “un-banned” from high school, the LTAC students have a right to this information as well. This book is not anymore graphic than the movies/videos/books the 7th graders look at in regards to the Holocaust or WWII. Second, we need to continue the message that CPS CANNOT censor the info that is available to us and their sneaky ways of operating will not be tolerated. Third, we need to send the message that we ARE NOT OKAY with CPS making changes that affect our education/learning experience/learning environment. WE NEED THEM TO SEE THAT WE HAVE A VOICE AND THAT WE DEMAND THAT THEY ACKNOWLEDGE IT AND OUR INTELLIGENCE.
ANY CHANGES WILL BE ANNOUNCED OVER THE INTERCOM SO PAY ATTENTION!!