06/19/2013 06:54 pm ET

Protesting Parents, Students Refuse To Leave Closing Elementary School

DNAinfo/Victoria Johnson

HUMBOLDT PARK — As 50 schools prepare to close around Chicago in a historic and controversial shuttering of institutions, parents and students at one elementary school took drastic action Wednesday, shutting themselves in a classroom and refusing to come out.

After the last day of classes ever at Lafayette Elementary at 2714 W. Augusta Blvd. in Humboldt Park, parents and students took over a second-floor classroom in protest of its closure.

"We're in here to keep our school open," Nidalis Burgos, 15, a Lincoln Park High School student and Lafayette graduate said in a phone interview from the room.

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