Edison Preparatory School students walked out of class to protest amid school's recent scandals

Posted at 7:35 AM, Feb 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-15 08:37:12-05

TULSA, Okla. - Between 200 to 300 Edison Preparatory School students walked out of class on Wednesday morning to let their voices be heard.

One of the student organizers, Faith Shirley, said the goal was to support teachers and fight for higher wages to prevent the high teacher turnover.

A Tulsa Public Schools (TPS) spokeswoman said Edison's turnover rate is 14% in the past five years, compared to about 25% district-wide.

Edison has been in the spotlight recently, which is another reason students got together to try and restore confidence in their school.

In January, a teacher was caught on video throwing a desk in class after losing his temper. He later resigned.

Then, a student was charged with first-degree rape and a teacher is being investigated for allegedly sending inappropriate messages to students.

Despite the scandals that Edison finds itself in, some students at the protest said they believe they are receiving a good education.

According to TPS, Edison is home to the district's only AP Capstone Experience and is known for academic rigor.

This year, students tied for first place in the OSSAA One Act Play competition, placed in two OSSAA band competitions, and displayed visual art pieces in the Gilcrease museum.

Edison is also ranked nationally by the U.S. News and World Report as one of the best schools in the state.

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