Another sit-in staged at Glenwood Middle, pupils say

May 03, 2000|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

About 40 pupils at Glenwood Middle School staged another sit-in yesterday on the heels of the dismissal of English teacher Kristine Lockwood, two Glenwood seventh-graders said.

Several demonstrations on Lockwood's behalf have been held since Thursday, when the Howard County school board voted not to renew the untenured teacher's contract, then reassigned her to an as-yet-undetermined location.

Glenwood pupils have staged sit-ins, made fliers and worn black clothing to school. Parents have held a news conference and are planning other meetings to try to save Lockwood's job.

Glenwood Principal Dan Michaels said through a spokeswoman for the county schools yesterday that he was aware of a planned sit-in but that it never materialized.

Two seventh-graders said that shortly before 7: 45 a.m., about 40 schoolchildren locked arms in the gym.

After being admonished by teachers, the pupils gathered in the hall outside Michaels' office and signed a list to make an appointment with him to discuss their concerns about Lockwood's firing, they said.

More sit-ins are planned, one of the seventh-graders said, until administrators hear the pupils' concerns.

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