Dozens plan to rally, call for safe schools for all at Friday night’s football game

This comes after a rash of violent incidents at Alton High School.

ALTON – The Alton Education Association (AEA) is planning to rally before Friday night’s football game at Alton High School. Dozens of AEA members, parents, students and community members plan to wear red and call for safe schools for all students. The rally comes after more than a dozen fights broke out at Alton High School on Wednesday, which caused the school to be put on lockdown. The school was closed today and will be open for remote learning on Friday.

The following statement is attributable to Alton Education Association President Bobby Rickman:

“After this week’s violent events at Alton High School, we have deep concerns around the safety of our students, teachers and staff. We are calling on school officials to immediately engage in discussions with all stakeholders to ensure we have safe schools for all in Alton. It is unfortunate that we have to have a conversation about this at all, but we deserve to have a voice, and without a doubt, we all deserve to be safe in our schools.”

The Alton Education Association, parents and community members plan to wear red and picket before Friday night’s football game. The rally will begin at 6:30 p.m. at West Elementary School near the football field (1513 State St., Alton). The game begins at 7 p.m. the same location.


At 135,000 members strong, the Illinois Education Association (IEA) is the largest union in Illinois. The IEA represents PreK-12 teachers outside the city of Chicago and education support staff, higher education faculty and support staff, retired education employees and students preparing to become teachers, statewide.

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