Students at 115 college campuses around the nation demanded free education via a planned mass walk-out protest Thursday, saying higher education was a right, rather than privilege, because virtually all jobs nowadays require a university degree.
The students had created a Facebook page to advance their cause, which took the form of a Million Student March. About 3,000 or so had liked the page by Thursday morning, but it’s not clear how many students actually planned to walk out of their classes in protest, Reuters reported.
The rally at schools nationwide was set for 3 p.m.
“The United States is the richest country in the world, yet students have to take on crippling debt in order to get a college education,” the website stated. “We need change and change starts in the streets when people demand it.”
The protest movement planned an entire day of action around the theme of free school. Among the group’s other demands: Cancelled student debt and higher minimum wages for college workers.
Various social media posters picked up on the rally call and furthered the message via their own tweets. And their tone was determined.
“We cannot stand by any longer while our education system is destroyed from within,” said Northeastern University student Keely Mullen, to United Press International. “It’s time to take action.”
Mark Serrano, former President George W.H. Bush campaign adviser, issued a scathing assessment of the situation on a Fox Business interview.
He said: “What happened to don’t ask what your country can do for you, what can you do for your country. These students have been raised, over the last seven years or more, on the notion that the government should do more for you. … Where’s the limit? If you think about it, why stop at college loans? Why don’t we give a car to every student, a new car. Maybe we can pay for their clothes. You know, every dorm room should have a case of toilet paper. Maybe we should just break the bank and give them everything we need.”