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Students Walk Out of Denver Schools to Protest 'Censored' History Lessons

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Pamona High School students engage with passing motorists during a multi-school protest against a Jefferson County School Board proposal to emphasize patriotism and downplay civil unrest in the teaching of U.S. history, in Arvada, Colorado. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

By    |   Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 05:34 PM

Hundreds of students have walked out of schools in the Denver area this week to protest a proposal to review textbooks and materials for history classes to ensure materials promote citizenship and patriotism.

"I don't think my education should be censored. We should be able to know what happened in our past," Tori Leu, a 17-year-old student who protested at Ralston Valley High School in Arvada, told The Associated Press.

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The protests occurred at six high schools in the Jefferson County district, following a sick-out by teachers, which shut down two high schools in the area.

Board member Julie Williams proposed that the district establish a committee to regularly review course plans and materials to make sure they "promote citizenship, patriotism, essentials, and benefits of the free-market system, respect for authority, and respect for individual rights" and don't "encourage or condone civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law."

The proposal has not been voted on and was put on hold.

Superintendent Dan McMinimee said district officials were trying to calm the backlash.

"I think you just keep trying to communicate and maybe over-communicate," McMinimee said, according to the Denver Post.

John Ford, president of the Jefferson County Education Association, applauded the students.

"I think it's awesome that students understand and recognize their first amendment rights and they're taking action," he told KUSA-TV.

Twitter users posted emotional reactions.









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