By: Abby Rendon and Mia DeFelice
Five hundred students, mostly consisting of juniors, dropped out of local high school last Thursday in hopes of creating a circus. The revolt was led by juniors Mia DeFelice and Abby Rendon when they asked for longer lunch times, and the request was ignored.
When asked why they decided to take such extreme measures, Rendon claimed, "We just wanted a couple extra minutes to eat our peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and we were very upset when our needs were not met." Their plan is to create a circus consisting of any junior/ high school student that wants to participate and knows how to make a sandwich. STEM students are not allowed to participate in the circus.
When we asked DeFelice what the circus would consist of, she claimed, "The plan is not perfect, yet, and we are still figuring out what the circus will be. However, we have no regrets about dropping out. We just knew that we wanted to get away from such a hypocritical, confining school." Other students began to support Rendon and DeFelice in their protest when free peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were offered for anyone that wished to drop out with them.
Local parents have spoken out concerns about the students' plan. They are worried that the young adults will acquire too much wealth, and then refuse to donate some of that money to the Corporation of Peanut Butter and Jelly Foundation Association, also known as COPBAJFA. Other parents have donated hundreds of cans of peanut butter and even jelly to the students' circus in hopes of gaining free tickets to their first show, which will take place in the high school gym on.
The administration of the local school spoke out this past week and said, "Although we are disheartened that our beloved class of 2019 has dropped out in its entirety, we are happy to support them in their right to protest. Our lunch times are currently 25 minutes long, which we believe is sufficient time to eat a sandwich. We are standing strong on our refusal of their request, and we wish them the best in their journey in the wonderful field of circusness."
The students are hoping to gain support from anybody around the country. Rendon and DeFelice put out an announcement on social media this past weekend, saying "If you agree with us and would like to join our circus, please contact us immediately at peanutbutterandjellycircus@
hotmail.com. We are open to anybody who would like to join, but please, as stated earlier, no STEM students." We wish the class the best of luck in their journey.