Wheatley High School students walk out to protest the transfer of assistant principal

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Thursday, October 4, 2018
Students walk out of Wheatley High School
Students walk out of Wheatley High School

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Hundreds of students at Wheatley High School were spotted walking out of class Thursday morning.

Students told Eyewitness News that they are protesting the alleged transfer of their assistant principal Sandra Walker.

Walker was reportedly reassigned to Albert Thomas Middle School.

SkyEye was over the high school where many students were walking around with signs and pictures of the former assistant principal.

School officials said someone pulled a fire alarm, which allowed the kids to protest and technically not break any rules.

Many of the students went back inside after the fire alarm was over.

The reason behind the principal's transfer has not been immediately released.

HISD released the following statement regarding the walkout:

This morning, all Wheatley High School students and staff were temporarily evacuated as a precautionary measure after a fire alarm went off. It was determined that several of our students exited the building as part of a walkout over a personnel matter. Once the Houston Fire Department cleared the building, classroom instruction and campus activities resumed. In an effort to address concerns, the principal and district officials met with community leaders and parents. We are continuing to monitor the situation to ensure the safety and well-being of the students. The safety of our students and staff is always our top priority.

According to the district, a similar incident happened in 2011 when Walker got transferred to another school. She returned to Wheatley nine days after the walkout.

Students walk out of Wheatley High School

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