WVWC students hold a peaceful sit-in

BUCKHANNON, W. Va. (WDTV) -- Officials at the West Virginia Wesleyan College announced more than a dozen staff members have been laid off causing a group of students to hold a peaceful sit in.

The lobby inside the administration building was filled with students on Nov. 8, trying to get their message across. They said they want their voices heard in the future, before school officials make decisions like this one.

"The official message that we came up with is if college can't exist without us and we say it can't exist without them [faculty and staff]," said Will Wasson, a student at the school. "Faculty retention at Wesleyan campus has been a problem for a while and has been a problem across the country."

The college's President Joel Thierstein said he's very proud of all the students and has been spending the last few days answering their questions during this tough time.

"This group in particular and the leadership are organized, disciplined, they're very thoughtful about what they're doing," he said. "This is a wonderful experience for them to have in college. It's a great learning opportunity for them and we're all learning together. I'm learning with them."