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BIRMINGHAM, AL - A second planned student walk-out at Ramsay High School this week was prevented today after administrators got word of the plan ahead of time.
Three Birmingham police officers, including a school resource officer, were present at the school today, which was put on "restrictive mode." 

 
Dr. Craig Witherspoon says his office had gotten word of another student walk out today, and sent a robocall to all Ramsay High parents indicating that if a student participated in the walk out, he or she would be suspended for the rest of the school year and any seniors would not be able to participate in graduation activities. Dr. Witherspoon says those consequences are in the school's code of conduct.  
 
One Ramsay student said school board members blocked lunchroom doors to prevent students from leaving the school.

"Today, I have A lunch, the first lunch period, they have board members and they have police officers. The board members have us locked in the lunchroom until the bell rings,” said Arkia Grayson, a freshman at Ramsay High School.

There were a few parents who came to the school and support their child if they want to rally.

“I told my mom, in case they were to still do it, to come check me out,” Grayson said.

Ramsay parent Roy Williams also came to the school to also check his child out.

"I think she has a right to make her voice known, I did not support her unless I, as a parent, gave her permission,” he said.

Students were even holding up signs in the window. One sign said "We won't settle."
 
 Dr. Witherspoon and School Board President Randall Woodfin came to Ramsay to talk to Student Government Association members.

"One of the things that they shared and feel real strong about the school itself has been given some negative attention and, of course, that was never the intent,” Witherspoon said.

Alabama Rep. Anthony Johnson says he supports the students' decision to protest.

"The students themselves, they started this online petition, they just gave it to me,” he said.

Johnson says there are more than 1,000 signatures on the petition that supports Dr. Evelyn nettles.

"This is a Blue Ribbon school, this is the flagship of Birmingham City Schools. So this is not only an attack on Dr. Nettles, but on democracy,” he said.
 
School Board President Randall Woodfin says there will not be a need for extra police at the school next week. Assistant Principal Cassandra Fells is now in charge of Ramsay High School.

Students and parents have been upset after Dr. Nettles was reassigned to another school during Tuesday's Birmingham Board of Education meeting. She was put on administrative leave earlier this month. Students walked out of class on Wednesday and marched to the Birmingham Board of Education offices to protest the change.

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