More than a dozen Huntington Beach High School students have protested in front of campus this week against what the leaders called an overemphasis on grades and assignments and a failure by teachers to encourage independent thought.
The students, some of whom have skipped class for the demonstrations, gathered by the school at 1905 Main St.
Juniors Rafael DeCamargo and Chris Casey and sophomore Canyon Stewart said they began the protest Monday morning and other students joined as the day progressed.
Several protesters said they planned to gather outside the school every day for the rest of the week. By refusing to attend class, they said, they hoped to send a message to the administration.
"I think this is more important than the material," Rafael said Monday when asked if he worried about his grades suffering as a result of a week-long truancy.
The group had two handwritten picket signs, one reading, "Will work for change — I refuse to be a sheep," and the other reading, "I want an education, not a grade — I refuse to be silent." Students took turns holding the signs and waving them at passing drivers, who sometimes honked.