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Published April 29, 2010, 05:44 PM

First Grader Protests In Front Of School

A first grader at West Elementary school in Grand Forks is not to happy with a recommendation made this week by a consultant to close the school. He protested in front of his school today.

By: Steven Bodakowski, WDAZ

A first grader at West Elementary school in Grand Forks is not to happy with a recommendation made this week by a consultant to close the school.

He protested in front of his school today.

He may only be in first grade but Carter Swanson has a lot to say. He protested the recommended closure of West elementary school today.

Carter Swanson: "There's like all sorts of teachers here you can learn from, this is a very nice school they shouldn't close it down."

You might wonder where a 7-year-old would get these ideas from. His grandfather says he was a protester in his day but this was Carter's idea. He took the initiative and did it on his own.

Jay Depaulo: "He asked what is protesting and we said people carry signs, and he said that's what we're going to do."

Here Carter stood for a half an hour; sign in hand to deliver his message to the school board.

Carter Swanson: "Keep it open because I don't want it to get closed it has nice friends."

Carters not stopping here. He says next month he'll organize a school vote to let his classmates have a say.

Carter Swanson: "I really just don't want it to close because it's a really nice school, and has lots of friends that I know and I really don't want it to shut down."

Jay Dapaulo: "We've always told him to stand up for his right and voice his opinions for the last two year and he does it."

The consultant recommended both West and Wilder elementary school should be closed. It's unclear if and when that decision will be made.

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