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COMMENTARY · 4th October 2011
Jessica McCallum-Miller
Terrace Student Delivers a Lecture to the School Board

“We are students of British Columbia. Our right of free speech matters. We will not be silenced any longer. We demand that our educational funding be increased.

“Everyday we realize our accomplishments and our potential. We realize that BC high schools are detrimentally under privileged in comparison to higher percentages of funding in other Provinces.

“The fact of the matter is students are outraged that our intellectual capabilities go unrecognized on account of false and undue expectations.

“We know that the rate of unemployment in our Province has increased greatly leading to a higher amount of homeless. This all works against education.

“By no means are we distressed by our teachers and their strike. We see what is going on around us. We know that we are already limited by our Provincail and Federal governments.

“We are young adults in a world that is changing. We are people. We have a right and a freedom to have our opinions and our education to be considered first.

“We are mature enough to know what is wrong and what is right.

“How come the Government and the School Board have the right to limit the freedoms of youth who are supposed to lead our nation into the future?

“The simple answer is they cannot!

“They may have the power to restrict us from what we deserve, but we will not stand for it!

“We are people not pawns!

“We cannot be used against or for anyone!

“Isn’t that a main principle that all Canadians try to prove top the world?

“We think the establishment has a few things to think about.”