Parents, students protest DPS Emergency Manager

(WXYZ) - In the wind and rain, parents and students marched outside of the Fisher Building where the office of the Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager is based.

"Our message is to let him know that Oakman is a jewel of our community," said parent Aliya Moore "Both schools that they want to send our kids to, Nobel and Henderson are not equipped for our students."

Oakman Elementary Orthopedic School is one of a few DPS schools on the list to close.

Parents say the school is unique. It is blended with kids with disabilities and others without disabilities.

"I don't like it at all. I think they should not close it because. I have been through a lot with them," said Timothy Wright.

Wright, who has a disability, told 7 Action New he has been happy at Oakman Elementary Orthopedic School.
"They taught me how to walk," said Wright. 

Wright was also out protesting hoping to keep the doors open at his school.

"Other kids that are not like us… they find another way for us to play with them and they don't make fun of us," said Wright. "If we go to another school are we going to get bullied?

DPS has said some students will move to Henderson or Nobel Elementary and there will be the same amount of nurses will be on hand there.

We're told there is a brand new special education program at the school with a lot of trained teachers.
Still, some parents are leery.

"To say that they are ready, they have already renovated… we have not seen that as parents," say Moore.

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