Dover Area students stand in solidarity with York Tech students

By Sophie Barnes

Students at Dover Area High School are standing in solidarity with York County School of Technology students through a black out.

This is following the recent incidents involving reports of racism and division both in York Tech and across the country. A video shot Wednesday at York Tech shows students carrying a sign for President-elect Donald Trump, while someone yells “White power.”

At Dover, some students wore black clothing on Friday, as a symbol of standing with the school and country as a whole.

Keith Davis, a sophomore at Dover Area High School, said that his main goal through the movement was unity.

“I don’t like how the school is separated,” Davis said.

Rajah Fink, a junior at Dover Area High School, called the behavior at York Tech “disgusting.”

“Things will get better,” Fink said.

Another junior at Dover Area High School participating in the blackout, Yasmin Kadima, said, “People aren’t talking about it enough. We did this to support York Tech. We want them to know that they aren’t alone in this.”

Dave Portelles, an English teacher at Dover Area High School, and his first period class tried to bring some light into the recent darkness. Portelles said one student was “rattled and upset.” The student said that the world was feeling “dark,” to which Portelles responded, “That’s not okay.”

Portelles said the students spent five minutes coming up with “words of unity, equality and peace,” and they wrote them on the sidewalk outside the school.

“We put it on the way to the student parking lot so that the students see the positivity as they leave for the weekend,” Portelles said.

Dover Area High School students wrote messages to encourage unity on Friday. (Photo by Sophie Barnes)

Dover Area High School students wrote messages to encourage unity on Friday. (Photo by Sophie Barnes)

He encouraged students to take pictures of the notes and messages, and to post them on social media so their friends and peers could see them. Portelles said the writings aren’t meant to send a political message.

“We just want to inject some hope and positivity in an otherwise dark and negative world,” he said.

Sophie Barnes, who is an eleventh grade student at Dover Area High School, is a member of the YDR’s Teen Takeover program.

Dover Area High School students wrote messages to encourage unity on Friday. (Photo by Sophie Barnes)

Dover Area High School students wrote messages to encourage unity on Friday. (Photo by Sophie Barnes)

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