Peaceful protest in Lenoir County to get children back in the classroom


LENOIR COUNTY, N.C. (WNCT) – A peaceful protest took place outside the Lenoir County Board of Education, in support of children returning to the classroom.

It’s called ‘Our Children Belong in the Classroom.’

The goal is encouraging law makers to put children back into environments where they can better learn and interact with other students and their teachers.

Parents at the event say for children with pre-existing conditions, online learning should still be offered. However, those who want to go back to school should be allowed to.

In a recent 4-3 vote by the Lenoir Co. Board of Education, a decision was made to start the school year off with online learning.

Once nine weeks is up, the board will further assess COVID-19 numbers, and go from there.

Two of the three board members who voted against online learning were at the peaceful protest.

Since the pandemic, children have mostly been remote learning.

Protest organizer Jennifer Jacobs says another protest will happen August 10th from 5pm-9pm at the Board of Education building.

Lenoir County public schools will begin their 9 weeks of remote learning August 17th.

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