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Day 5 Of Student Walkouts Now Include Middle School Students

DENVER (CBS4) - For the fifth school day in a row students around Denver have walked out of class in protest of the police action in Ferguson, Missouri, and nationwide.

There was a small walkout Tuesday morning from schools in the Baker neighborhood to downtown Denver. Many of the students were middle schoolers.

The schools involved in Tuesday morning's walkout included the Denver Athletic Leadership School and the Denver Center for International Studies.

Teachers, other school officials and school security officers were seen monitoring the walkout.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said he was proud of the students who have staged protests, but then urged students to stay in school after Monday's walkout.

"The ideal is to really just have a real conversation about where we are in the state of relations in this city and across the nation; begin to educate each other about our emotions and feelings," Hancock said.

Approximately 200 students from Denver's South High School walked out of class and marched down Broadway towards the state Capitol Monday morning.

The student walkouts have continued since last Wednesday when East High School students walked out of class and four Denver Police Bike Patrol officers were struck by a vehicle while students returned to school, leaving one critically injured.

Students from Lincoln, Montbello and George Washington high schools walked out of class last Thursday morning. Copter4 flew above students as they marched in the area of 14th and Elati near the state Capitol.

Hundreds of students from North High School walked along Speer Boulevard toward the state Capitol last Friday morning. A police escort followed the teenagers as they walked along the sidewalk.

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