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Lincoln County High School students suspended over protest to put up memorial

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A protest at Lincoln County High School earlier this morning resulted in several students being suspended. Authorities say a couple dozen students started a demonstration in the cafeteria after lunch time. They were asking for the school to hold a memorial service for a Blake Dunlap, a student who committed suicide more than a year ago.  

"They have had candlelight vigils, balloon releases, and lots of other things for students that have passed away, but they've never had one thing for Blake." said Lexi Slone, a senior high school student.  

Lincoln County High School had been making preparations to commemorate another student who died over the summer.  Many seniors felt that their classmate should be honored in the service, as well.  

"I mean everybody should be treated the same way. It's just not fair," said Slone.  

When we spoke to the Lincoln County school officials they said the protest was still under investigation.  

"The administration will decide based upon code and state law what the penalties will be for student misbehavior or misconduct," said Jeff Midkiff, the assistant superintendent.  

But students told us school authorities tried to end the protest, and they ended up suspending a number of students involved. The suspension forms states that the students were "interrupting the educational process by refusing to go to class when instructed to do so."  

"They told us we can't walk at graduation, we can't go to homecoming or to prom," said Brittany Adkins.  

Seniors say they plan on continuing to protest the school administration's decision.