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Benton Harbor community protests plan to close High School

Benton Harbor community members and supporters gathered at the high school last night to protest a plan to close the high school. Jennifer Weingart reports there was a lot of Benton Harbor Pride on display.

Before anyone said anything about the state’s plan, the group sang the schools fight song. In addition to Benton Harbor community members, people from school districts across Michigan that have been closed by the state came to lend their support.

Marilyn Ross-Golden has been teaching at Benton Harbor High School for 31 years. She helped more than a dozen students step up to the microphone at the meeting and say what they’re feeling.

“The students are fired up. They’re hurt, absolutely. And they wanted to express themselves. And they did, and I’m very proud of them.”

The students, and everyone else at the meeting, said ‘Don’t close our school.’ The school board has asked the state to postpone a Friday decision deadline by two weeks. They also asked Governor Gretchen Whitmer to attend the meeting.

She was not there but a representative from her office says another meeting will be held Wednesday where Whitmer will attend. It starts a 4 at Brotherhood of All Nations Church of God in Christ.