East Lansing High School students, parents voice concerns over campus violence

‘I wish we didn’t have to walk into school fearing for our lives.’
Published: Jan. 26, 2023 at 11:36 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 26, 2023 at 7:03 PM EST
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EAST LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Students at East Lansing High School held a walk-out Thursday morning to draw attention to fights taking place at the school.

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Students took a stand in hopes of voicing their concerns for improving safety on campus. They said they feel uneasy coming to school every day knowing there aren’t proper security measures in place.

“It’s terrifying walking into the school building, there might be a gun around or there might be a fight. It’s uneasy,” according to Lydia-Anne Ding-Mejik, a student participating in the protest. “I wish we didn’t have to walk into school fearing for our lives.”

This walkout comes a week after a fight at a varsity basketball game where a gun fell out of a student’s backpack. The high school has seen two shelter-in-place lockdowns within one week.

The East Lansing Board of Education said it was committed to decreasing school violence.

“We regret that it took this action from our community for us to take these steps,” read part of the statement. “We are listening. More importantly, we are committed to taking action in partnership with our incredible team of teachers, staff, and administrators to make necessary change.”

Parents said changes need to be made.

”I think the community wants to see that there’s some concrete tangible measures being taken to improve safety,” said Jim Curran.

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The full statement from the East Lansing Board of Education can be read below.

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