Hancock County teachers picket in Weirton

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Teachers in West Virginia’s northernmost county spent day four of the statewide work stoppage picketing along Route 2 in Weirton. 

They say they will continue to picket until an agreement is reached.

On Monday, many Hancock County teachers attended a town hall meeting with Governor Jim Justice in Wheeling. 

His comments were the subject of many picket signs.

“Yesterday there was the redneck comment. We’re embracing the redneck comment because it dates back to the coal miners and their strikes. We’re embracing that and accepting it for what it is,” said teacher David Thompson. 

“We’re serious that we’re not going anywhere until they realize how important we are and start to value our work,” said teacher Morgan Bricker.

Weir High School student Noah Wodnicki also joined the teachers. 

“More students should be down here supporting teachers because they go out of their way, they bend over backwards for us. We should show our support and show our love toward all the employees,” said Wodnicki. 

Officials say there are three groups of picketers just inside Weirton city limits.

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