â€śRestore the five percent!â€ť was the deafening chant of dozens of students as they stood outside West Warwick High School holding signs of protest over cutting sports and extra-curricular activities from the schoolâ€™s budget.
Outraged, upset and frustrated to the hilt, hundreds came to the Tuesdayâ€™s town council meeting to have their say. Angry parents, taxpayers and teary-eyed students filled the auditorium and the gymnasium in West Warwick High School and the civic center just up the street (all to capacity) where the meeting was simulcast.
â€śI am mortified the people we elect to both the school committee and the town council are using my kids as a pawn in your issues,â€ť said one parent to the town council. â€śWhat gives you the right to go back and forth? I donâ€™t care if youâ€™re Democrat or Republican, youâ€™re still people and my kids deserve to be treated as such as well.â€ť
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