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First Casualty of Student Walk Outs!
by jesheekah (jesheekah [at] yahoo.com)
Saturday Apr 8th, 2006 12:26 PM
Eighth grader Anthony Soltero shot himself through the head on Thursday, March 30, after the assistant principal at De Anza Middle School told him that he was going to prison for three years because of his involvement as an organizer of the April 28 school walk-outs to protest the anti-immigrant legislation in Washington. The vice principal also forbade Anthony from attending graduation activities and threatened to fine his mother for Anthonys truancy and participation in the student protests.
1st Walkout Death!
Body: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEWS CONFERENCE
Sunday, April 9, 2006
12:00 p.m.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Church
710 S. Sultana Ave., Ontario, CA 91761

Louise Corales, whose 14 year-old son, Anthony Soltero, died on April 1 after committing suicide, will speak to the community and ask for a prayer for her son this Sunday, following the 11:00 a.m. mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Ontario, California.

Eighth grader Anthony Soltero shot himself through the head on Thursday, March 30, after the assistant principal at De Anza Middle School told him that he was going to prison for three years because of his involvement as an organizer of the April 28 school walk-outs to protest the anti-immigrant legislation in Washington. The vice principal also forbade Anthony from attending graduation activities and threatened to fine his mother for Anthonys truancy and participation in the student protests.

Anthony was learning about the importance of civic duties and rights in his eighth grade class. Ironically, he died because the vice principal at his school threatened him for speaking out and exercising those rights, Ms. Corales said today. I want to speak out to other parents, whose children are attending the continuing protests this week. We have to let the schools know that they cant punish our children for exercising their rights.

Anthonys death is likely the first fatality arising from the protests against the immigration legislation being considered in Washington, D.C. Anthony, who was a very good student at De Anza Middle School in the Ontario-Montclair School District, believed in justice and was passionate about the immigration issue. He is survived by his mother, Louise Corales, his father, a younger sister, and a baby brother.

Ms. Corales will speak to the community after mass on Sunday, April 9, 2006 at 12:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. She will ask for a prayer for Anthony, whose funeral and burial are scheduled for Monday, April 10 in Long Beach, where he was born.

CONTACT: R. SAMUEL PAZ
(310) 410-2981
(310) 989-6815
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tragicone23Tuesday May 2nd, 2006 4:09 PM
He'll be in everyones heartsbaby blueThursday Apr 27th, 2006 10:00 AM
not murder, unfortunatelylibertarianWednesday Apr 26th, 2006 6:51 PM
Lead a Massive Middle School Protest, Or Just Go To The Store?ontarioparentSunday Apr 16th, 2006 6:03 PM
I'm deeply sorryprietaSaturday Apr 15th, 2006 11:35 AM
the vice principal commited a crimeanonymousWednesday Apr 12th, 2006 11:13 AM
It's time to stopanonymous Wednesday Apr 12th, 2006 7:42 AM
I WILL MISS HIMSTEP MOMTuesday Apr 11th, 2006 1:21 AM
SadjackeeMonday Apr 10th, 2006 4:19 PM
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