Local teachers demonstrate outside schools on first day of strike

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BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (WDTV) -- Teachers across West Virginia are demonstrating outside their schools today on the first day of another statewide strike.

It's the second strike in as many years for West Virginia teachers, who began their two-week-long strike nearly one year ago to the date.

Teachers in Harrison County started their strike when their normal school day should have started, and will remain out until 3pm.

Preschool teacher Jessica Jones says this strike is purely about what is best for their students.

"We are out here just for our students. That is Number 1," said Jones. "If this bill passes then it will take away everything that public schools need to further our students in West Virginia. So it's definitely for our strudents."

Every school in West Virginia is canceled except for Putnam County Schools. Even though Putnam has remained open today, Bridgeport High School teacher Casey King says they are still 55 strong.

"Teachers from surrounding counties are going to those schools to help the teachers who chose to stand up with us," said King. "So there has been a lot of support for them and a lot of prayers for what they're going through."

Monongalia County teacher, Michelle Morris says this strike is not just about their jobs, but mostly about their students.

"It's important for us, because it's our kids, our jobs, and it effects our kids. There are a lot of kids that are touched by public education in this whole state."