Detroit students skipping class on Count Day to protest

Posted at 12:18 PM, Oct 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-03 17:49:55-04

Today is Count Day in the state of Michigan but some students are protesting. 

Maya Solomon, a senior, and nearly two dozen Detroit students skipped school and held what they're calling "freedom classes" at the Cass Corridor Commons.

"I'm really just sick of school and how they keep us in the dark and how there's no answers for anything, there's just Band-Aid solutions," Solomon said.

The students want answers about the district's water problem and city-wide water testing. Water in 57 out of 86 schools tested positive for high levels of lead and/or copper. Drinking fountains are still off.

"I don't know what kind of effect that had on me, I don't know if there's any left in my system, I don't know any of that and so it's actually kind of scary," Solomon said.

The district did not have a response about the protest but says they hope all students attend school every day.

"We just want more support and more backup from the school system and they don't deserve to have it easy if they can't support us like students feel they should be supported," said Rejoyce Douglas, a senior.