LEWISBURG W. Va. (WVNS) — Before the school bell rang Friday morning, February 16th, 2018, teachers stood alongside the road of Greenbrier East High School to peacefully protest the proposed PEIA changes. However, these teachers chose to express their views in a different way, silence.
Not one chant could be heard from the group of teachers standing in solidarity. While signs were held high in the air, teachers waved to the cars driving by.
Greenbrier East english teacher, Barry Rich, said it’s no secret these teachers are not happy with the small raise proposed and the cuts to PEIA.
“I think this is evidence that the system is broken, and it’s been broken for a long time, and now it’s manifested into the frustration that you see here,” said Rich.
Rich also said through the silence there was still a sense of fear for what the coming months hold for state employees.
“There’s a lot of people that are scared and that needs to be acknowledged too,” said Rich.
These teachers acknowledge there is still a job to be done at the end of the day, but they will still stand for what they believe in, rallying in hopes for positive change.
Music teacher Jim Allder explained the rally was not meant to be a derogatory thing or a complaint from teachers.