Grand Junction High School Students Walk Out For School Safety

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Grand Junction High School students voice their disappointment after Bond Measure 4A fails on Election Day.

4A would have allowed for a new Grand Junction High School to be built.

Grand Junction High School students say they don’t feel safe in school these days.

Students say this is because of the building’s condition, and the recent violent assaults involving students.

Students hope Thursday’s protest may bring the community a fresh perspective moving forward.

“4A failed. And 4A was really important to the student body, but we feel like the student body was not expressed during the election,” said Trinidy Jordan, a GJHS senior.

Jordan also is concerned about her safety given recent events.

“With the two assaults this current year, I don’t feel safe at my school,” said Jordan. “And I know a lot of my peers don’t feel safe. So we’re here today because we need a better school and a safer school.”

Dr. Diana Sirko, School District 51’s superintendent, was in attendance supporting the students. She says the school district now will begin a new conversation with the community on how to address school improvements moving forward. But, she says the district has limited options when it comes to raising funds for projects such as a new Grand Junction High School.

“The only mechanism truly open to school districts, and that’s why you see it happen across the state routinely, is to do a school bond election,” Sirko said.

KREX 5 and Fox 4 will keep following all stories concerning school safety and improvements.

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