School safety takes centerstage as thousands of North Carolina teachers protest

May 3, 2019 | Associated Press via PBS

A fatal shooting at a college campus was on protesters’ minds Wednesday at a North Carolina teacher rally, adding a somber note to a demonstration in support of overhauling the state’s education priorities.

Chanting “Whose schools? Our schools! Whose voice? Our voice,” public school teachers and their supporters rallied in Raleigh for the second year in a row. They want more money for student support staff, such as counselors and nurses — features now included in the state House budget written by Republican legislators.

The march was especially personal for Madhavi Krevat, whose son Jacob is a senior at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. A gunman killed two students and injured four others Tuesday on the UNCC campus.

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