This story has been updated.
Decatur, Georgia — Students at Beacon Hill Middle in Decatur staged a May 18 strike in support of Roe V. Wade.
A message left with the school district seeking comment was not immediately returned. Politico obtained an initial draft opinion authored by Judge Samuel Alito that is a waiver of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that guaranteed federal constitutional protections for abortion rights, as well as Planned Parenthood v. Casey , a 1992 decision that largely upheld this right.
The Supreme Court’s decision will not be final until the notice is released, which is likely within the next two months, Politico reported. Currently, Roe v. Wade is still in effect and the right to abortion is constitutionally protected.
A parent posted a video of the event:
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The students could be heard chanting, “My body, my rights.” A witness said the walkout took place at 10:15 a.m. and teachers and staff stood near the protest to protect students from passing vehicles.
There are reports of another protest planned by the high school, although details were not immediately available. This story will be updated when more information is received.
The Decatur School Board recently renamed the middle school in town to Beacon Middle School, dropping the old name Renfroe Middle School.
Following the protest, Principal Greg Wiseman sent the following email to parents responding to rumors about the event:
At 10.15am today, a student-organized strike occurred when over a hundred students gathered outside the school at the end of the alley and Adams Street. There are false rumors circulating about this event that I would like to clear up.
The majority of our students stayed in their classes. School administrators and more than a dozen teachers were posted outside to monitor students who chose to protest.
At approximately 10:25 a.m., students re-entered the building through the Adams Street door and the majority of students went straight to their 2nd period class as instructed. These students were not suspended from school.
However, a few dozen students remained in the hallway, ignoring instructions from teachers and administrators to return to class on several occasions. This group was loud, disruptive and created a physically and emotionally dangerous situation. Consequences for these students will follow the CSD Code of Conduct.
A few students walked off campus together before and during the walkout. As soon as these students were identified, their families were called to ensure their safety according to our protocols. Consequences for these students will follow the CSD Code of Conduct.
If you have any questions, please contact me.
– Greg Wiseman
Journalist Zoe Seiler contributed to this story.
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