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After Shutdown, Students Walk Out of Charlottesville High School

On the day that schools reopened after being closed for two days last week after a racist threat, dozens of students walked out of Charlottesville High School today to demand racial justice.

The arrest of an unnamed 17-year-old for threatening to massacre black and hispanic students just highlights an ongoing struggle for student Althea Laughon-Worrell.

"This wasn't an isolated incident, and the students here, they experience racism every day whether they know it or not."

For example:

"Our classes are completely segregated."

Cordrick Byers watched his nephew protesting.

"The kids got the right idea, but the kids need support."

And they got some from Superintendent Rosa Atkins, who says she's "heartened" by the ideas, which include sensitivity training and making black history a mandatory class.

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