From the Daily News:
About 150 students protested against the extreme overcrowding at Francis Lewis High School on Friday by holding homemade signs in the chilly air and chanting. Then they went inside, and the next group of about 100 eager student demonstrators emerged.
"We want to persuade the school to limit the number of incoming freshman each year," said senior Abdul Qureshi, 17, of Fresh Meadows. "The school's overcrowded and a lot of kids don't get personal attention."
The protests were inspired by discussions in an advanced placement government class two weeks ago about student protests and free speech. The school protests were organized by senior Saudi Garcia, 17, of Flushing.
More than 4,500 students attend the school. It was originally built to house less than half that number, but thanks to its strong academic reputation, the school has grown. Classrooms have been split and trailers have been added to accommodate the overflow.
The school day is broken down into 13 periods. Some students don't start classes until after 10:30 a.m. - 45 minutes after others have begun their lunch hour.
Students also complain it's hard to get to class on time because the hallways are so crowded.