Lincoln Prep High School Junior Monica Miderios.
A student that participated in a silent protest during a Jay Nixon speech at her school last week says the Governor has to bear some of the blame for the Ferguson violence.
Monica Miderios was one of the 12 students who stood up and silently raised their hands in the in a’ don’t shoot’ fashion, as Nixon was starting at speech in the Lincoln Preparatory High School Auditorium. He was there praising the school for winning a “Blue Ribbon” award from the US Department of Education.
It was also the day after Nixon announced he was activating units of the National Guard and declaring a state of emergency in advance of the Ferguson grand jury announcement.
Miderios says the students decided within minutes before his speech they would protest it. She says the governor should be blamed for the perpetrating the Ferguson violence.
‘Absolutely,” she said, “ I think the reason the protesters and the quote-unquote ‘riots’ are happening in Ferguson is because of increased military and increased police presence within communities like Ferguson,(and) like my own.,”
She believes the presence of police in those communities contributes to police brutality.
She adds the protesters who get violence share some of the responsibility, but not all of it.
Miderios says within seconds after the protest started, an administrator pulled the 12 students from the auditorium.
“They were pretty angry,” she said.
Miderios says administrators told them they had no right to do what they did.
The protest did not disrupt the Governor’s speech. Nixon did not seem bothered by the event. Afterwards, he says he was pleased to see young people getting engaged in issues.
The American Civil Liberties Union is warning Lincoln Prep by letter that the students’ silent protest that did not disrupt the classroom is a form a protected speech.
Miderios, an honors students like many of the others involved, , says the prospect of punishment does not phase here.
“Nobody thinks we should have to do any time, inside of school, outside of school, being punished for what we had done because people don’t think we did anything wrong. And, quite frankly, I don’t think I did either.