Students across New York City walked out of their schools just before noon Tuesday to protest COVID-19 safety conditions in their classrooms.
It’s unclear how many students citywide joined in the social media-fueled protest, but at Brooklyn Technical High School, the city’s largest, an estimated 600 kids poured out into 18-degree temperatures to call attention to what they described as an unsafe and chaotic environment at their school with the ongoing viral surge driven by the highly contagious omicron variant.
“It doesn’t feel safe to be in school to be honest,” said Danny Mui, a sophomore at the 6,000-student Brooklyn Tech. “In my classes, half the classes aren’t there. Some have COVID, some are afraid of COVID, and the school just isn’t doing anything about it.”
The walkout was driven by a series of social media posts that circulated Monday calling on city students to leave class at 11:52 a.m. on Tuesday in protest.