June 19, 2014 9:21 pm
Updated: June 20, 2014 12:58 am

Dry Grad in jeopardy as parents, students don’t want to cross picket lines


WATCH ABOVE: Ruth Balfour is a Dry Grad organizer and parent from Richmond. She tells Global News how the BC teachers’ dispute is taking a toll on both parents and students

A Richmond mother is speaking out about the disruption to her school’s Dry Grad party caused by the teachers’ strike.

Ruth Balfour says the Dry Grad Committee has been trying to get teachers’ picket lines lifted temporarily to allow students to attend their Dry Grad in their school on June 26.

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She says after getting the runaround from everyone they were finally told they can use the school, but students and parent volunteers will have to cross picket lines.

“Now we’ve got kids and parents that may not feel comfortable crossing those picket lines,” said Balfour from the Matthew McNair Dry After Grad Committee. “We’ve got parents who we rely upon to help us put on the Dry Grad but they may not be able to cross the picket lines and help us.”

“And we have to have a certain number ratio,” she added.

“So there’s five schools affected by this.”

She said some other schools have found alternative locations or are going ahead with holding the Dry Grad at their school, picket lines or not.

“We really think that what they’re doing is really unfair to the kids at the end of the day,” said Balfour.

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