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Canceled meeting doesn't stop protesters
BEAUMONT-By: Leslie Rangel
A BISD meeting cancelled, but that didn't keep protestors and supporters away.
Students say they have a message to deliver meeting or not.
It looked like one, it even sounded like one, but this was not a party. It was a protest.
"We all planned to be here today and we want to honor that commitment," Austin Bienvenu, a Westbrook student says.
A commitment to stop teacher cuts, the Beaumont school board was expected to vote on inside the board room Thursday night.
Then it was cancelled, leaving everyone outside.
"I just assume that they were scared of us, they've obviously been intimidated by us and just don't want to deal with the pressure we've been putting on them," Bienvenu said.
"It just gives us more fuel, we'll keep doing it everyday if we have to," Alex Trevino, a Vincent Middle School student said.
A passion to keep fighting that turned a protest crowd into a party crowd.
"It might not have been the best circumstances to come together but it did bring us together," Escarly Candelaria says.
A gathering of students to send a message to BISD leaders.
"We want to fight for our teachers, teachers try to teach us but we're trying to give back to our teachers now," Bienvenu said.
Not everyone has lost faith in those leaders.
"Surely Dr. Chargois is not going to let us go down in regards of abandoning all the work these teachers are doing," Ransom Howland, a local pastor said.
No matter what, students are keeping their eyes on their goal.
"Save teachers and be united," Candelaria says.