Many parents support teacher strike, some scramble

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- No school on Thursday and Friday means a ripple effect far beyond just the teachers and school staff who aren't coming to school.

Some parents were still scrambling as of Wednesday afternoon to find childcare options for the next two days.

But the overwhelming sense from most is a little inconvenience is well worth it in the pickup line around Southside Elementary school.

For many, stay-at-home parents or retired grandparents like Greg Zipperian or Marion Ward are the first option.

"He'll be staying with grandpa," Zipperian said.

"I’ll have six or seven of my grandchildren for the two days," Ward said.

Parent after parent we asked like Whitney Koenig strongly supports the upcoming work stoppage, even among a few who planned to take their kids with them to work.

"I think the teachers deserve better so I can't be mad,” Koenig said. “They're fighting for what they deserve."

"We can't be annoyed because of the purpose here," added Ward, who is also a retired educator. “The purpose is much more important that a little bit of inconvenience.”

Christina Bailey said she understands why the strike is necessary but said she hates that her kids will likely have to make up the days at the end of the year.

If the stoppage goes longer than two days though, she’s unsure what she’ll do.

"I don't know. I haven't thought that far ahead," Bailey said.

"That could definitely be a challenge,” Koenig added. “It could be difficult, but I still think they deserve better than we're giving them."

"I think they need to stay out as long as it takes to get it done," Zipperian said.

A few parents told us they weren't sure what they're going to do. Especially if it goes longer than this week, that will be very difficult. But they weren't comfortable talking about it on camera.

At least one professor at Marshall has cancelled all her classes Thursday in a statement of solidarity with her fellow teachers and state employees.



 
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