East High students stage demonstration to support Ferguson protests

WICHITA, Kansas – A group of Wichita East High students staged a demonstration on Monday to show solidarity with protesters in Ferguson, Missouri.

Over the lunch hour, about 30 teens laid on the lawn outside school for four and a half minutes.

It was to symbolize the four and a half hours the body of Michael Brown lay in the street after he was shot by a police officer.

East High students say they let their school know in advance they planned to protest.

Monday’s walkouts stretched from New York to San Francisco, and included Chicago and Washington, D.C.

At the University of Missouri-St. Louis, three dozen students rallied outside the library and walked out of class, some with their hands up in the gesture that has become a symbol of the movement.

The walkouts came a week after a St. Louis County prosecutor’s announcement that a grand jury had decided not to indict white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was unarmed and black. The case spawned sometimes violent protests, often with demands that Wilson face charges.

Wilson has resigned from the police force.

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