EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSLincoln Students Continue Protest Over Memorial Ban
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Reported by: Dave Benton
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Sep. 9, 2013 10:05 AM EDT
Updated: Sep. 10, 2013 9:38 AM EDT
Hamlin , Lincoln County , West Virginia
A group of Lincoln County students are protesting because they said they are being banned from mourning the death of a friend at their school.
Several students are now in trouble with Lincoln County High School in Hamlin because they stood up and demonstrated in the cafeteria after lunch, demanding they be allowed to hold a memorial service at the school for Blake Dunlap.
But the district has denied the request, allegedly because Dunlap killed himself and the school doesn't want to glorify suicide.
Students are frustrated because other classmates who have died have been honored at the school with candlelight vigils and balloon releases, among other things. Plans also had been under way to memorialize a student who died over the summer.
The school district has said it’s reviewing disciplinary measures for students involved in the protest.
But those students claim they have already faced penalties ranging from suspension to being banned from school dances and even walking at graduation.
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