Rainbow/PUSH Pushes Morton West

The Rainbow/PUSH Coalition is threatening suit against Morton West High School if the Berwyn, Illinois, school doesn’t clear the records of twenty-five students who were suspended November 1 for organizing a nonviolent protest against the Iraq War. A district spokesman said he refused to “engage these demagogues” but agreed to consult with the students’ parents. The district held a meeting last Wednesday to discuss the controversy, at which parents and activists chastised the school board for its harsh and selective punishments and demanded that the district reconsider its initial approach. District leaders have postponed their decision on whether to follow through with the threatened expulsions and now say they will have an answer by Friday.

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