About 15 or 20 were teachers, but most were students — some supporting the teachers and holding picket signs, but most just in small clusters hanging out with friends.
The campus looked nearly deserted, and one teacher said he counted about 70 students going in, but more than half of them soon wandered back out. So far, there had been no major confrontations.
“We have strict rules that we are not going to block anyone trying to cross the picket line,” said Sid Waxman, who has taught English for about three years in the Paul Robeson High School, one of four small schools on the Fremont campus. Robeson is slated for closure.
Gabriela Sanchez, 16, a junior, was one of the students holding a picket sign on the sidewalk. “We volunteered to help the teachers,” she said. “The teachers explained it to me that they haven’t had a contract in two years.”
Sophomore Ray Ramos, 16, also supported the teachers. “It’s not fair for them to teach us without getting paid enough,” he said. Ramos and Sanchez also used the strike event as an opportunity to encourage people to march in the May Day immigration rally scheduled for Friday.