San Francisco High Schoolers Walk Out in Protest to Trump
Over 1,000 San Francisco high school students across the city walked out of their classrooms and marched to City Hall today in protest of Donald Trump winning the presidential election. The first group of students arrived at the Civic Center Plaza around 12: 30 p.m. shouting, “Love Trumps Hate.”
The students then formed a ring and listened to those that organized the protest speak about love triumphing over hate. The leaders took turns passing a megaphone to give each other a chance to share their heartfelt messages.
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According to ABC news, SFUSD officials sent out a statement about the student walkout this morning.
“We recognize our students’ right to free speech and understand their need to use it. The walkout this morning was not authorized by SFUSD staff,” district officials said. “Per our standard protocol, we will be notifying families regarding their unexcused absence through our attendance system.”
The students did not seem worried about breaking the rules. Energy ran high amongst the crowd of passionate young protestors.
At 12:45 p.m., another group of students from a different high school marched up from the opposite side of the plaza. The two groups then started cheering and ran towards each other, meeting just in front of the steps of City Hall. A barricade and several police men and security guards blocked the main entrance on Polk Street.
A couple that just got married at City Hall posed for some photos with the young protestors outside.
After sitting down in front of City Hall for over an hour, the passionate high schoolers got up and continued marching down on to Market Street. They head west towards the Castro shouting, “Donald Trump, go away! Racist, sexist, anti-gay!”