Isabella Carrasco, a sophomore at Boston Latin School, was one of more than 1,000 Boston Public Schools students who recently marched outside the State House to protest massive proposed budget cuts.
As a multitude of BPS students walked out of classes that March day, with many attending the rally, Carrasco says she knew she took a risk but felt the issue was too important to ignore.
“At first I was afraid to even go,” says Carrasco, “but then I decided there needs to be something done.”
The action was followed by this opening paragraph of a Boston Globe story: “Days after thousands of students walked out to protest budget cuts, Mayor Martin J. Walsh said Thursday that he plans to announce that Boston high schools will be spared the controversial reductions that endangered popular programs and teacher jobs.”
No matter how the details of the budget process shake out, students say they came to realize the power of protest.
“I feel very good because not only did I help myself and my school but I also helped other people and other schools,” says Brianna Ducharme, a sophomore at Boston Latin Academy.
After all, teens say, it’s not only adults who are invested in the future of BPS.
“I feel like the walkout was a chance for students to actually show how much they care for their education,” says Nick Barbosa, a sophomore at BLA.