Watsonville High School Students Speak About Walkouts

Students Walkout at Watsonville and Pajaro Valley High Schools. Photos by Soraya Hernandez.

On Thursday, March 30, 2006, I spoke with Watsonville High School students about the walkouts which took place on Monday, March 27th and Tuesday, March 28th. Students share their reasons for walking-out, why they do not support attempts to create anti-immigrant laws as well as the actions of fellow students, teachers, administrators and police.

Many of the students discuss instances of police brutality which they saw and heard about from friends. Police brutality included hitting a student in the back with a baton and spraying students with pepper spray, including the eyes.

There are 5 audio files below. (32 minutes total)

One student wanted to stress the fact that new anti-immigrant laws will target not only Mexicans, but people from many different cultures and countries.

Cynthia – Watsonville High School

Dago – Watsonville High School

Watsonville High School Students

Emanuel – Watsonville High School

Watsonville High School Students 2

For more information on local student walkouts, see:

Walkouts in Aptos, Watsonville, Hollister, Salinas and Santa Cruz for Immigrant Rights

Crossposted at Indybay.org.

Author: Bradley Allen

Bradley Allen is a reporter and photographer in the Monterey Bay Area, and a collective member of the San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center (Indybay). Follow him on social media: @BradleySA.