150 students at Pleasant Grove High School demonstrate black lives matter message

150 students at Pleasant Grove High School demonstrate black lives matter message

PLEASANT GROVE, AL (WBRC) - Students at Pleasant Grove High School demonstrated their message of black lives matter on campus Monday morning.

The early-morning peaceful demonstration was organized by Senior Gabby Bowie. "I was thinking this could be my brother, this could be my dad or something," said Bowie.

"That's my goal is to make everyone aware, because the police were getting in trouble, now more people are hearing about it," she added.

This wasn't Bowie's first attempt to bring awareness to her school.

"Friday, I was told I could not wear my sign, so it inspired a lot of people in my school to want to do that as well," she said.

She and her fellow classmates stood united in all black with their messages written on posters.

"A bunch of my friends were like, we want to do this too and I was like, sure. Black Lives Matter Birmingham contacted me and said that would be a great idea," said Bowie

Bowie says it was a mixed crowd to help spread their message. "There were a lot of white girls and one white boy that was actually out there with us and they got a lot of hate," said Bowie.

Pleasant Grove High School principal Wayne Byram addressed the tension at his school. "I'm not going to say there wasn't tension in the air, there was," said Byram.

Byron says students can continue to wear their signs under certain conditions.

"As long as it doesn't interrupt the educational process. As soon as we feel like that is happening, then we will put an end to it," said Byram.

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