Putnam County Schools stay open, teachers continue to strike

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PUTNAM COUNTY, WV (WOWK) – It’s the second day of the statewide teacher’s strike in West Virginia and, once again, Putnam County Schools were the only schools to stay open.

The rain did not stop teachers across Putnam County from walking out on the picket line for the second day in a row.

Teachers at Hurricane High School tell us that out of the 1300 students at Hurricane High School, only 5 of them came to school today.

“We love our students, the students love us,” said Reuben Ellis, a teacher at Hurricane High School. “They’re on the picket line with us. There’s probably even more students in the picket line than in the actual classroom.”

Ellis says that while the cold weather did not cooperate, he and teachers are warmed by the outpouring of support they’ve received from students and the community; but he still has a message for lawmakers.

“Listen to the people, listen to the people who know the best, who take care of these kids every day, who love these kids, who work hard, who are professionals. Listen to them.”

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