‘You can’t teach them from the grave,’ School protesters rally against students’ return

BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – Local protesters and a group of children are finding a moment of joy by dancing as they rally against children going back to school.

Protest organizer Mary West and children from the area gathered in Downtown Beckley to protest by dancing and holding up signs. West is asking locals to sign a petition to postpone children from going back to school this fall.

“We can’t teach them from their graves. If they go to school and get sick and come home and get someone else sick and their homes, then that defeats the purpose of education, and those children are our future, and we need to take care of them,” said protest organizer Mary West.

If you like to sign the petition, you can find Mary West at 409 S Kanawha Street in Beckley every day from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.