DETROIT (WWJ) – A group of students, and others, staged a sit-in at Catherine Ferguson Academy Friday evening.  When it was time to lock up the building for the night, the demonstrators were asked to leave.

They refused.

That’s when Detroit Police stepped in:

WWJ Newsradio 950 spoke with Shanta Driver, who is with BAMN, By Any Means Necessary.  She helped organize the sit-in.

“They were arrested because they were doing a peaceful sit-in in Catherine Ferguson in the library, to protest the closing of the that school and all the rest of the Detroit Public schools and to defend public education,” says Driver.
But police say they were arrested for refusing to leave the building on their own. They were taken to a nearby precinct, processed and released.

The school is on Detroit’s school closing list.

The Financial Manager of Detroit Schools named 45 schools which will either be turned into “charter” schools or close altogether in 2011.

 2011 school closings click on here.

Comments (8)
  1. Dave Staiger says:

    What a shame that a school like this is scheduled to close while the wealthy get tax breaks and the military budget remains bloated.

  2. Lydia says:

    It is a very important school and I hope their voices are listened to and it does not close!

  3. Jesus says:

    How sad that we spend millions and millions making rich people richer and bombing people on the other side of the world but we can’t spend money to educate young, soon to be mothers. What does the future hold for us?