Students, parents react to teacher walk-out effect on extracurriculars

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BRIDGEPORT, W.Va (WDTV)- With the scheduled teacher walk-outs inching closer, Superintendents are forced to come up with a game plan for how to handle school closings.

Some schools are allowing students to continue all extracurricular activities regardless of what happens at school that day. However, other areas, such as Harrison County, are operating under what they call a “total blackout.” All sporting events and activities will be canceled if the school closes, just as if it were a snow day.

This decision is causing push back from many students and young athletes. They say they understand why teachers are taking a stance, but are upset their after-school activities are taking a hit.

"I support my teachers and I totally understand why they are doing it," Bridgeport High School student-athlete Catie Wilson said. "I just wish we could continue to play sports without any conflict."

The teachers have picked up a lot of support from parents across the state, but some disagree with interfering with the students' day.

One local father said he understands both sides of the argument. His mother was a teacher and he feels they are underpaid and underappreciated. However, he says education of the youth should be top priority.

"None of it is fair to the children because they are missing school and everything," Thomas Deney said. However, Deney added that the issue is two-fold. "Education is very important, but we should be taking better car of our teachers."

The teacher walk-out is set to begin Thursday morning, and will most likely carry into the Friday school day. It is unclear if it will continue into the next school week.