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Strike day set for Campbell River on Thursday

Timberline teachers walk the picket line on Dogwood Street during last Friday’s rotating strike.  - Paul Rudan/The Mirror
Timberline teachers walk the picket line on Dogwood Street during last Friday’s rotating strike.
— image credit: Paul Rudan/The Mirror

Campbell River teachers walked picket lines on Friday and they’ll be back on the lines again this Thursday.

Rotating strikes by the B.C. Teachers’ Federation are continuing this week throughout the province as part of job action while contract negotiations continue with the province.

On Monday, teachers began voting on whether to escalate to a full-scale strike, but the results were not available at press time.

Thursday will mark the third time in three weeks that Campbell River schools will close due to the rotating strikes.

Last Wednesday, small groups of students took part in their own protest sparked by social media.

About 50-60 students at both Phoenix and Southgate middle schools walked out of class, while fewer still protested at Carihi and Timberline secondary schools.

And contrary to rumours, students who took part in the protests were not suspended for missing school.

“We respected the kids’ right to protest,” said school district superintendent Tom Longridge.

He added that one or two may have been suspended for disciplinary reasons, but none were suspended because they walked out of class.

Longridge also said that RCMP were called to one school last Wednesday due to the behaviour of one parent.

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