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‘Now we have to be strong for them’: Students join Gahanna-Jefferson teachers in strike

The Columbus Dispatch |

Dozens of students with homemade signs extended the picket line outside Gahanna Lincoln High School on Wednesday morning, standing alongside their teachers on their second day on strike. 

“People are telling me they can’t eat, they can’t sleep. They feel like their futures are on the line, all because a few adults can’t sit at the table and agree,” said Jason Raymond, president of the high school’s student council. Raymond, a 17-year-old senior, said he encourages all students to share their voices, regardless of how they feel about the strike. Students who gathered Wednesday organized the effort on social media.

To him, supporting his teachers is what feels right. “I’ve seen teachers cry today. They’re the ones who are usually strong for us. Now we have to be strong for them,” Raymond said. “I want the school board to look at the teachers and understand that no one would be doing this — giving up their pay, their health insurance — if they didn’t think it was important.”