They've been lambasted as "jerks" by a now-suspended teacher, criticized as spoiled brats by people who've never met them and mocked on the national news - and they've had enough.
Students of Central Bucks East are planning a rally today in the school parking lot to show the world they are not the whipping boys and girls for what's wrong with education today.
"We're being generalized, stereotyped, belittled, and insulted all across the country. They're calling us lazy, ignorant, spoiled, and belligerent. They're branding us as awful students who no teacher could ever deal with," wrote CB East senior Ted Raymer on the Facebook page they're using to organize the rally.
"In reality, we are not. We know that, Mr. Lucabaugh knows that, and the rest of the East faculty knows that," Raymer said, referring to principal Abram Lucabaugh.
The rally comes about 10 days after CB East English teacher for writing a profanity-laced blog criticizing her students as "lazy whiners" and more unprintable names. The school district is investigating Munroe for her apparent use of school district computers to write some of the postings, among other things.
Word of Munroe's blog and her suspension has spread across the country and the . Munroe went on the offensive and, with her lawyer Steve Rovner, has appeared on television news to say she is being unfairly punished for speaking the truth.
The rally Sunday is designed to show another truth.
"Our student body is riddled with athletes, academics, musicians, and born leaders," wrote Raymer. "We need to harness our natural ability and show everyone that we are not what Natalie says we are."
Organized by Raymer and other East students Annie Hu, Christina Jardak, and Alex Heim, the rally invitation had garnered more than 320 attendees as of Sunday morning.
It starts at 4 p.m. Sunday in the
Look for continuing coverage here at DoylestownPatch Sunday evening.