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WV students stand in solidarity with school employees


Fred Albert (AFT-WV in Kanawha County); Dinah Adkins (WVEA-Kanawha County)


A day before their teachers plan to walk out in protest against the Legislature, students at more than a dozen high schools in West Virginia showed up to class Wednesday wearing purple, in solidarity with their educators.

Students in 12 counties participated in the “purple-out” movement, which circulated around Twitter with the #SecureOurFuture hashtag.

“My teachers, they support me every day, and there’s no way I can give them advice or support like that,” said Zharia James, a senior at Capital High School who helped organize the movement and created the hashtag. “This is the least I could do, so I did it.”

Jakob Spruce, senior class president at Capital High, said he and the other organizers know of at least 18 schools that participated across West Virginia, but there could be more. The movement’s Twitter page, @SecureWVsFuture, posted an open letter from student organizers at Capital about their reasoning for the purple-out.