Teacher Led Unapproved Anti-Police Walkout, Told Kids To Lie In Street

A middle school teacher teamed up with a Black Lives Matter activist to coax 100 students into a school walkout.

Portland, OR – A middle school teacher who led students on an unauthorized school walkout and told them to lie down in a busy intersection was put on administrative leave on Friday, school officials said.

Ockley Green Middle School social studies teacher Chris Riser and Black Lives Matter activist Teressa Raiford led a student assembly on the morning of Feb. 9, KATU reported.

During the assembly, Riser told the students that he was going to leave the school to walk towards the police department, where he planned to meet with the family of a Quanice Hayes.

Hayes was fatally shot by police after officers cornered the armed robbery and carjacking suspect. Officers ordered him to lay on the ground with his hands out, and he instead reached for the small of his back, and the front of his waistband.

A black air pistol was recovered on scene. A grand jury later determined that the shooting was justified.

During Riser's march, he said that he wanted the students to come with him, but that he had to leave them behind, and not to come, seventh-grader Harmony Mahoney told KATU.

The students were told to go back to class at the conclusion of the assembly, but dozens filed out and began following Riser.

"It was really empowering because it was everybody there," Mahoney told KATU.

When two other teachers and the assistant principal realized that the students had no intentions of returning to class, they intercepted the crowd, and were able to turn many students back.

“If they hadn’t done that, there would have been over 200 students following,” Portland Public Schools spokesperson Dave Northfield told KATU.

Approximately 100 students left the school, according to The Oregonian.

Riser and Raiford led the students to a busy intersection along Martin Luther King Boulevard, and told them to lie in the roadway, Ockley Green school officials said in a letter to parents and guardians on Friday, according to The Oregonian.

“During the walkout, students were directed to lie down in a busy and active intersection as part of a ‘die-in.’" the school wrote. “This resulted in a traffic back-up, and at one point the students had to move out of the way of an ambulance that crossed through the intersection.”

“After leaving the intersection, students were instructed to block traffic by walking in the street,” the letter continued. “The walk covered three miles and lasted two hours before students returned to school.”

After a “thorough review” of the unauthorized walkout, the school determined that Riser had subjected the students to “the risk of potentially severe harm,” the school said.

“We have...zero tolerance for our students being placed in unsafe conditions,” the letter read.

Portland Public Schools refused to confirm what type of leave Riser was placed on, KATU reported.

A petition for his reinstatement had garnered nearly 1,700 signatures as of Monday morning.

Comments (18)
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bronx163
bronx163

This is the problemm. Teachers feel they can do what ever they want. Its not your job to policaly poison my kid. Fuck you. Telling kids to shit on the police.
This teacher should be locked up for reckless endangerment and child abuse.

DaveZ
DaveZ

Where’s the petition to sign to fire the moron?

RetFF
RetFF

You beat me to it... WHERE IS THE PETITION TO FIRE HIM AND TO THROW HIM IN JAIL FOR ENDANGERING CHILDREN?????? I'LL SIGN THE THING RIGHT NOW!!!!!

Mmfleshman
Mmfleshman

Can't seem to find it.. Imagine that. 😠

Mmfleshman
Mmfleshman

This POS is exactly what is wrong w our country today. His beliefs ARE NOT to be a factor in teaching those children. He had absolutely NO business taking middle school children out of/off of school property. He should be FIRED & should be CHARGED Reckless Endangerment of a Child for Each and Every child that followed him out of school (likely to skip class). Then He actually told the kids to lay in the f'ing middle of an intersection. The administration needs to fire him and he should never be allowed in a classroom again.

#Firehim #Notateacher

lt892m
lt892m

If guilty, he should be required to reimburse the school and the municipality for any cost incurred over and above any fines. I hope he's punished to the maximum extent of the law.

Foundoutwest11
Foundoutwest11

Clear case of CHILD ABUSE.. no excuses

EMarie
EMarie

He should be arrested for child endangerment.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

What did he want to talk with the police about? How they were justified in shooting a robber/carjacker who reached for a gun when told not to? I hope he was going to tell them what a great job they did........what a jackass, fire him!!

Betts1221
Betts1221

Riser and Raiford, both of them should have arrested for child endangerment. This teacher should have been fired on the spot.

Rooney1943
Rooney1943

Why is he on leave and not in jail, awaiting prison, and fired from his job?? No teacher has the right to do what he did and he put children's lives in danger. He needs his teacher's license taken away and put in prison for a very long time.

cheryldee
cheryldee

As an educator, this moron embarrasses me. He needs to never be a teacher.

Katarina
Katarina

YES! Schools are being allowed to indoctrinate our children against our will. Charge him AS WELL as suing the school for allowing someone so mentally incompetent to be in charge of impressionable children!!

Katarina
Katarina

Agreed. Can't find a way to upvote you comment, so forced to add a reply. He belongs in jail and fined, the school also should be sued for hiring a lunatic!

bronx163
bronx163

Left is using common core and schools as the reducation camps of the 21 century. It has to stop.

bronx163
bronx163

Reeducation

ForestJohn
ForestJohn

Just one more reason to home-school...