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Salt Lake City high school students stage walkout to support abortion rights

Posted at 3:44 PM, May 12, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-12 19:16:07-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Students from multiple Salt Lake City high schools walked out of class Thursday in a demonstration to support abortion rights.

The walkouts happened at East, West and Highland high schools, as well as Skyline and Taylorsville high schools.

"They're just making their voices heard on the policy that they believe in," Salt Lake City School district spokesperson Yándary Chatwin told FOX 13 News.

While the demonstrations were not school sponsored events, Chatwin explained school leaders do support First Amendment rights.

"What happens typically is student organizers will come talk to the principal and administration let them know what the plans are and that allows us to be on hand to know what the plan is and again just make sure students are staying safe while they are demonstrating," Chatwin said.

Chatwin said these kinds of demonstrations are not "rare occurrences" at Salt Lake City high schools and she urges others to listen to voices of the rising generation.

"I think it's important to listen to youth and the things they have to say," Chatwin voiced. "These kids are trying to make their voice heard about something they care about and we're glad that they're able to take that and apply what they're learning in class into the real world."

The demonstrations remained peaceful Thursday, as students made signs and gathered outside of the schools for roughly 15-20 minutes.

"They're always pretty respectful in the five years I've been here, I've only ever seen respectful rallies and this seems to be in line with that as well," Chatwin said.

The walkouts come after a U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion was leaked that suggests the Court could overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion nationwide. The court is expected to rule on the case in late June or early July.