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The Poll: Central Islip suspensions

Students from Ralph G. Reed Middle School in

Students from Ralph G. Reed Middle School in Central Islip protest in front of the Anthony Alfano School in Central Islip. (April 1, 2011) Credit: Ed Betz

The New York Civil  Liberties Union is criticizing the Central Islip school district because it suspended middle school students who walked out of class earlier this month to protest proposed budget cuts.

The students were exercising their constitutional rights and "should be praised for their idealism, not punished by being suspended from school," the NYCLU said in a letter sent last week.

Hundreds of students left Ralph G. Reed Middle School the morning of April 1, upset over proposed staffing cuts. The participants walked nearly a mile, picketing across from the early childhood center, which also houses the district's administrative offices.


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