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EHS students protest rising gas prices

Eudora High School students Jordan Plaice, Darren nabus, Leslie Brown, Ian Scrimsher, Cecilia Lehman, Hawley Montgomery and Austin Vickers walk to school Friday on Church Street in protest of gas prices. The students will repeat the protest each Friday until school is out for summer.

Eudora High School students Jordan Plaice, Darren nabus, Leslie Brown, Ian Scrimsher, Cecilia Lehman, Hawley Montgomery and Austin Vickers walk to school Friday on Church Street in protest of gas prices. The students will repeat the protest each Friday until school is out for summer.

May 1, 2008, 12:00 a.m.

Updated: April 30, 2008, 3:22 p.m.

Surging gas prices have brought about organized protests by everyone from truckers in Washington, D.C., to a gas station owner in Mequon, Wis., who shut off pumps for 24 hours.

A number of Eudora High School students staged a protest of their own Friday morning by walking to and from school instead of driving.

EHS student Jordan Plaice said he and his friends came up with the idea after hearing a report about rising gas prices.

"We were sitting at work one day and we saw that gas prices were supposed to be $4 soon, so we thought we would just start riding our bikes to school," he said. "Then, we looked in our student handbook and it said that we can't ride bikes because it's dangerous so we decided we would walk. We had a lot of people saying 'That's a good idea. We should all go do that.'"

The cost for a gallon of gas rose about 15 cents throughout the country last week and currently is about $3.50 a gallon in Eudora. However, it already has reached $4 in other parts of the country such as San Francisco.

Plaice, who works at Daniel's BBQ, said he makes about $300 per paycheck, but about a quarter of his money goes toward filling up his truck.

"Right now I'm trying to look for a new car with better gas mileage so that I don't have to spend $70 every two weeks to fill up my tank."

Seven other EHS students walked with Plaice Friday, and the group plans to repeat the protest each Friday until school is out for summer.

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