Student: "Teachers definitely deserve a lot more"

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WTAP) - Teachers and students sang and cheered to West Virginia's State Capitol building on Friday. It's the 7th day of the statewide work stoppage.

Abbey Denney, a first grader from Huntington, went to the capitol grounds with her mother, a Parkersburg native, and her siblings. She held a sign with the words, "we support our teachers."

Her brother, Michael, a 3rd grader, held a sign saying "we are West Virginia's future." He said he hopes to get back to school soon.

The proposed pay raise bill sits idle at the moment, which means teachers are likely to continue making trips to Charleston. Students are joining them.

It's personal for Thea Koskey, a Blennerhassett Middle School student.

"I want to be a teacher when I grow up and they kind of just deserve a lot more than they're getting," she said.

"Teachers definitely deserve a lot more, " said Jake Nagy, a student who attended the walkout.

"They deserve better insurance for all the sacrifices they do for us students its the least we can do to come out and support them through everything they're going through."

Anna Tingler, an 11th grader from Hurricane, West Virginia, attended the walkout because her mom and step-dad both work for the state.

"We're definitely ready to go back but we just want them to get what they want."

Governor Justice met with school leaders Friday afternoon and told them the Senate must pass the bill. The Senate Finance Committee will meet on Saturday to discuss it.

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