N.B. parents to form human chain around high school
The Canadian Press
Published Monday, June 18, 2012 9:24AM EDT
Last Updated Monday, June 18, 2012 9:30AM EDT
MONCTON, N.B. - Parents, students and alumni will attempt to form a human chain today around Moncton High School in a show of opposition to the province's plan to relocate the school.
The school is over 75 years old and the province intends to replace it with a new facility on the outskirts of the city.
Anne-Marie Picone Ford, a parent and organizer of the protest, says moving the inner-city high school will be a hardship for many teenagers.
She says that students in the city have been able to walk to their part-time jobs and extracurricular activities, but the new school will be too far outside of the city for that to continue.
The provincial Department of Education committed to building a new school after Moncton High School was closed in 2010 over health and safety concerns.
Some parents have protested the move, saying the school needs to remain within the city's downtown rather than the Royal Oaks site about eight kilometres from the city's centre.