Dispatch from Mid-Petition: Three Soon-to-Be Sixth Graders Collect 100 Signatures in Support of Co-ed Sports
With 90% of Chicago’s teachers voting to strike, should Mayor Emanuel’s plan to lengthen the school day be implemented this fall, a few Drummond Elementary School students have a very different sort of strike on their mind: co-ed sports.
“Do you think it’s fair that women (sic) have to play on separated (sic) sports teams divided by gender!?! For example: Women’s basketball or Women’s Football,” begins the one page flier that Zoe, 11, and twin sisters Brianna and Sabrina, 10, were circulating this past Saturday afternoon.
The plan, according to the young ladies, is to gather 100 signatures in support of co-ed sports teams, particularly basketball and football, and to bring the signatures to the mayor’s office downtown. They said that they’re not sure if they’d go as far as refusing to participate in their favorite sports unless they become co-ed in the fall, but they might consider going on strike.
Upon being questioned as to the inspiration for the petition, the young athletes reported to The Pipeline that they’d awoken that morning and “were bored,” so they decided to go on strike.
The petitioners had already collected 33 signatures by the time we met them, around 2 p.m. on Saturday at Sweet Cakes Bakery, 901 N. Damen.
Our John Hancock was #34. Our coffee companion, who coincidentally has an office inside of the Board of Education, respectfully declined signing the petition.