One, two, Dalton’s coming for you. Three, four, schools are ready for war.
That’s the message a group of Ottawa high school students have sent out about Bill 115 in a new rap video.
“This bill is a fight between the teacher’s union and the government,” said Raed Khan, a Ridgemont High School student as he shot footage for the video at a Sept. 19 student protest outside Dalton McGuinty’s constituency office. “Our rap is called ‘Kill The Bill’.”
In the past two weeks, students across Ontario have organized dozens of rallies protesting the bill, which freezes teacher’s wages, bans strikes for two years and prevents them from banking sick days. Ontario Secondary School Federation told unionized teachers teachers Sept. 11 to end voluntary extracurricular activities to protest Bill 115, also known as the Students First Act.
The move cut off school activities such as clubs and sports teams.
“We made the song because Bill 115 attacks teachers and students,” Khan said. “I wrote a verse and there are three other guys who rap on the song. People listen to songs more often. So we wanted to get their attention through music.”
“It’s important that we do these kinds of things,” he said. “We’re showing our generation that it’s good to challenge our society.”