Canton, Potsdam Students Sit For 'Civility'
SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam students held simultaneous sit-ins Thursday against racism and intolerance, and for 'civility.'
Dozens of students gathered on the SUNY Potsdam campus where they wrote messages on t-shirts, which they then put on.
The students included members of sports teams and Greek organizations.
"We thought it was gonna be a little small event to start this year," said Gena Nelson, one of the participants. "But it's turned into somethig a lot bigger than we expected, right off the bat."
Organizers promised more public demonstrations of their feelings.
"This is a kick off for us," said Annette Robbins, one of the organizers and director of student conduct and community standards at SUNY Potsdam.. "We're stating exactly what we won't stand for."
The rallies were sanctioned by both schools. "We are proud to co-host this event with SUNY Potsdam... and are looking forward to the student support at the event and future collaborations with the other area colleges," said SUNY Canton's Dean of Students, Courtney B. Bish, in a statement issued in advance of Thursday's events.
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