Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief
4:09 PM EDT, October 19, 2010
Administrators at a Bedford County school say they were forced to intervene in a student protest Tuesday morning.
20 students showed up at Liberty High School with tape over their mouths. The group was demonstrating against abortion.
When the principal learned what was happening, the protesters were asked to remove their tape.
The students were allowed to continue a silent protest for the rest of the day, once they removed the tape.
School spokesman Ryan Edwards says administrators got involved because the visible protest was viewed as a distraction in the classroom.
"We have a right to preserve the instructional day," says Edwards. "We have a right to preserve continuity in the classroom."
Edwards says silent protests are common at the county's high schools.
Every year, students call awareness to drunk driving by refusing to speak for an entire day. Those protests are often sponsored by a school club.
On the issue of abortion, Edwards says the school system has no official stance. Tuesday's protest was not organized by any officially recognized group.
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