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Wednesday, April 23 2014 @ 06:49 AM CDT

Student 'zombies' march on Rhode Island Department of Education in protest

A group of Providence high school students, some with zombie-style makeup, gathered in Burnside Park and paraded to the Westminster Street entrance to the Board of Regents to protest strict NECAP testing that would prevent many students from graduating.

Student 'zombies' march on R.I. Department of Education in protest

By Linda Borg

Providence Journal video / Andrew Dickerman

A group of Providence high school students, some with zombie makeup, protest against the rigid use of NECAP tests that determines eligibility for graduation.

PROVIDENCE -- Spattered with blood, their eyes blackened, their T-shirts torn, a line of teenaged zombies zigzagged through downtown during the afternoon rush.

Chanting, "No education, no life," more than 50 Providence teenagers marched on the state Department of Education to protest its decision to link test scores to high school graduation.

"To take away the diploma is to take away our life, to make us undead," said Cauldierre McKay, a Classical High School student. "That's why we're here today...dressed as the zombies that this policy will turn so many of us into."

In keeping with the zombie motif, a couple of students flung themselves to the ground. Others moaned and swayed. A few teenagers from Kennedy Plaza joined the march without having any clue what it was about.

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