Detroit High School Protest: Students Suspended After Demanding An Education

High School Protest

They’re high school seniors. They’re about to graduate, but they say they’re not learning because of what’s happening inside of a Detroit school.

Close to 50 seniors walked out of class Thursday morning at the Frederick Douglass Academy.

“We have no teachers and we are not learning anything,” said Davante Billups. “We need more teachers and books.”

“It’s been going on for awhile now. We [are] just finally getting everybody to get together, protest and do something about this,” said Alex Cooper.

The students and parents are concerned about teacher shortages, the reassignment of a principal and a lack of answers from Detroit Public Schools.

“Most of our administration has left. We’re getting new administration, new counselors every day,” Cooper explained.

“I want the kids [that are] under me, I want them to be able to have the education that we were supposed to have that we didn’t get,” Billups remarked.

School board members and parents at the all-boys school say the education of their children is being compromised.

“The math teacher has been absent 68 plus days,” said parent Sharise Smith. “It’s a shame that these young men are at school every single day. They’re showing up and the teachers are not, and the education is lacking greatly in the school. It’s a travesty.”

“The kids will tell you that they are not getting what they are entitled to, and the community needs to stand up, show up, show out and let DPS [know] that this substandard education is not going to be allowed,” she added.

A spokesperson with Detroit Public Schools did not respond to our request for comment.

“They’re pushing smoke up parents’ butts, and the parents better get the hell up and do something different,” Smith said.

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naked white male high on meth snapped while jogging in Michigan

Bare-faced cheek: An unidentified man who was allegedly high on meth was photographed running along a main street wearing nothing but his socks

A 29-year-old man allegedly high on meth was snapped running down a main street in Michigan during rush hour – wearing nothing but his socks.

The naked man, who has not been named as no charges have been filed, was tasered and arrested when he would not stop for police.

‘He admits this was a bad trip,’ Detective Sgt. Raymond Yonkowski of the Grosse Pointe Woods Department of Public Safety told the Detroit Free Press.

Police had been responding to a fire at a CVS in Grosse Point Woods on Monday afternoon when the fully-dressed man approached them.

He then began walking in and out of traffic on Mack Avenue, and yelling: ‘You gotta protect me from them!’

As the officer tried to contain him, the man began stripping off his clothes and began running away, discarding his license, credit cards and car keys.

The police officer eventually tasered and handcuffed him – but not before passersby managed to snap photos of the man running along the road.

Treatment: The man had been taken to St. John Providence Health System in Detroit for meth overdose symptoms the night before the incident

One witness, Sal Rizzo, uploaded a picture to Twitter that was retweeted by friends who saw the bizarre image.

He told ABC7 News: ‘We were going down Mack and there was traffic building up. We see a guy running across a street. We were like: ‘No way’.

‘He was yelling: ‘Please stop chasing me, please stop chasing me.’ The cops were yelling his name.’

Another witness said she had seen him sitting on the curb bleeding. When police arrested him, they put his trousers back on, she said.

Witness: Sal Rizzo, who took the photograph of the naked man and posted it on Twitter, said he had been yelling at police to stop chasing him

The night before the incident, the man had been taken to St. John Providence Health System in Detroit for meth overdose symptoms by another police department, the Free Press reported.

He had left the hospital the following morning.

Following the incident on Monday he was taken to hospital in an ambulance and has now been released.

Yonkowski said he does not expect charges to be filed against the man, who collected his belongings from police the following day.

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