As protests over police brutality and racial injustice sweep the nation, some Milwaukee-area schools are speaking out and taking action – including a push to cut ties with police in Milwaukee Public Schools.
Last week, leaders at a charter school on the northwest side of Milwaukee organized a silent protest. Teachers, students and parents knelt for nine minutes on the sidewalk outside of Rocketship Transformation Prep.
Nine minutes is the amount of time police officer Derrick Chauvin kept his knee on the neck of George Floyd, whose death sparked the current wave of protests.
As the Rocketship families and staff knelt and raised their fists in the air, cars passing by on Silver Spring Drive honked in support.
“It was very important to invite our families here and see that, you know, we’re not being silent about this,” said Rocketship Assistant Principal Mia Harvey.