Students Walk Out of Hoopa High in Protest Over Mold and Other Issues
“We had probably 30 to 40 students come …plus several parents,” she explained. “It had to do with the mold issues, about the Superintendent wrongly firing some of the faculty and the food issue in the cafeteria and the students not being treated fairly.”
In February, schools in the district were closed for a week in order to concentrate on cleaning away the toxic mold. Some areas of the schools continue to be closed. Many in the community are upset over the problem, said Blake.
Additionally, Blake said, the problems with mold has affected Hoopa High School’s ability to serve hot food. Blake worries. She explained, “The students are getting bagged lunches every day. The food is not being kept at the proper temperature…The food is not nutritional. It is all processed.”
Blake said that the students marched to the District Office and asked to speak to Superintendent Jon Ray. The Superintendent came out and spoke to the students. “They got some answers from him,” Blake said. Now, she says, they wait and see if things change.