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Students Get Crash Course in Protest


By Ann K. Williams
Santa Monica News

November 3 -- Santa Monica’s teenagers gleefully took to the streets Wednesday afternoon as more than 200 middle and high school students ditched school to rally against the War in Iraq on the Third Street Promenade.

While the day off from school and work was part of a protest organized by anti-war groups across the nation, many of the local teens didn’t know about it until their parents got an email from Santa Monica High School Principal Ilene Straus Tuesday night.

In it, she explained that students who left campus at noon would have to hand in their IDs to security on the way out and face Saturday school detention as a consequence.

More than 100 SAMOHI students called her bluff as they ran across Pico at 6th Street, whooping and hollering with excitement. Passing cars honked as the teens chanted “1-2-3-4 we don’t want you’re f**king war.

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