Another student protest, march planned in Denver on Friday afternoon
DENVER — A protest and march involving students from several Denver metro-area high schools is scheduled to be held Friday afternoon.
The students are scheduled to meet at 3 p.m. at the City Park boathouse, then march down Colfax Avenue to the state Capitol in what is being called the Colorado Student Unity March.
Students are asked to dress in black “as a show of mourning and solidarity,” the Facebook post reads.
Students from Denver East High, Denver School of the Arts, Strive Prep, Thomas Jefferson, DCIS, KIPP, Cherry Creek high schools and Colorado Academy are listed as participants in the event.
The protests have centered on the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Mo., to not indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, the grand jury decision in New York not to indict an officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner and the death of a 12-year-old in Cleveland who had a fake gun.
A news release from one of the organizers reads: “The action includes an opportunity for students to come together and draft a list of demands to hold DPS and the City of Denver accountable. Because DPS schools are over 70 percent students of color, the reality of race and its role in police brutality is potently felt by the student population. Students are taking action to demand racial justice.”
The first protest was held Dec. 3 by students from East High who marched down Colfax to the Capitol and clogged traffic. On the return to the school, four Denver police officers who were escorting the students were hit by a car.
Officer John Adsit was critically injured after the driver of a black Mercedes suffered from “some form of illness” and plowed into the officers, who were on bicycles.
Students at several other schools in the metro area have also walked out of school to protest.
A news release from Campus Messenger by Infinite Campus claiming to be on behalf of Denver Public Schools says the district is aware of the planned protest and emphasized it’s not a DPS event.
“We take the safety and well-being of your children very seriously and we want to make sure our parents are aware of this rally and march,” the release said. “Again, this is not an event sponsored or sanctioned by DPS and DPS is NOT providing any transportation or security related to this event.”
It’s not known how many students will attend the event and it’s also unclear how much, if any, security will be provided by the Denver Police Department.