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First Amendment on display at courthouse

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Eighth graders make voices heard

Anissa Davis and Lisa Petrey-Kirk have caused quite a stir in front of the Anderson County Courthouse over the last decade.

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Both eighth grade teachers at Anderson County Middle school have been teaching their students the importance of standing up for their civil rights.

At the end of each school year the students make their voices heard and take a trip to the courthouse dressed in their best impressions of 1960s social activists, to protest for a cause they believe in.

“The kids need to know their rights and this is a hands on way for them to understand and protect their rights,” said Davis, an accelerated language arts teacher.

The students prepared for their protest for a month before heading to the courthouse by researching a group topic of their choice.