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Stay in school or leave? Students debate what to do during LAUSD teachers’ strike

Stay in school or leave? Students debate what to do during LAUSD teachers’ strike
Students outside Venice High School brainstorm how to help some friends escape the school's gym. (Sam Omar-Hall)

Some students who made it to school are grappling with whether to stay or go.

Two school police officers stood inside the doors of John Marshall High School in Los Feliz, advising students who walked up to the exit doors to check out the picket line that they should stay.

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Students are not supposed to come in and out of school, the officers said, adding that they would encourage students to stay but wouldn’t stop those who wanted to go from doing so.

A custodian who asked not to be named said that, by about 8:25 a.m. on Monday, about a quarter of the school’s students had showed up.

In front of Venice High School, senior Salvador Molina was planning to leave campus. He and six friends were brainstorming about how to help their other friends escape — all of whom were stuck in the gym.

"I'm trying to plan a trip to the museum," he said, adding he could take Metro to the Natural History Museum, where he could "learn something."

The seven had gone inside the school that morning, but when the principal sent them to the gym, they took a detour to an exit, the group said.

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