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Comox Valley students show solidarity with teachers

VANIER STUDENTS GATHER to oppose Bill 22 across the road from the school on Friday at 1 p.m. Students moved down to Lewis Park until the end of the school day. - Renée Andor
VANIER STUDENTS GATHER to oppose Bill 22 across the road from the school on Friday at 1 p.m. Students moved down to Lewis Park until the end of the school day.
— image credit: Renée Andor

Comox Valley students joined a provincewide student protest against Bill 22 on Friday afternoon.
A sizable group of G.P. Vanier Secondary students rallied across the road from the school at 1 p.m.
After generating honks from passing vehicles for a time, they moved down to Lewis Park, where about 200 Vanier students showed their opposition to the tabled legislation and their support for teachers, according to Grade 12 co-organizer Ariel Dunsmore.
"We were appalled by the regulations Bill 22 was going to impose on our teachers," said Dunsmore. "We didn't feel that it was fair to students — or staff — and we really just wanted to support them and let them know that we don't agree with what this Liberal dictatorship is trying to put in place."
Dunsmore said students stayed at Lewis Park as long as they could before going back to the school to catch their regular busses home at the end of the school day.
She noted that Highland and Mark Isfeld students had planned to rally at their schools as well, but those protests quickly fizzled out.
Vanier Grade 11 student Frankie Adams was across the road from Vanier at 1 p.m. sharp to show her support for teachers.
"They're fighting for the right reasons," said Adams. "It's a good way to show that they actually are taking a stand, and they want something to change."
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