Thousands of Calif. High School Students Stage Walkout in Protest of Trump Presidency

Thousands of students walked out of classes the morning of Nov. 9, 2016, at Berkeley High School in California to protest the election of Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States.
CBS San Francisco

California isn't done denouncing Donald Trump's win yet, with high school students across the state—some of whom probably were not eligible to vote in Tuesday's presidential election—still insistent on having their voices heard, CBS San Francisco reports.

According to the report, students at Berkeley, Bishop O'Dowd and Oakland Tech high schools all staged walkouts just as classes were beginning to get underway Wednesday morning, while several hundred other students staged a noontime rally at San Jose's Lincoln High School.


Berkeley Unified School District spokesman Charles Burress confirmed that about 1,500 Berkeley High School students participated in a protest that began about 8:20 a.m.

Students gathered outside the school taking turns speaking on a microphone, according to the report.

Burress said that about half the school's students ended up participating in the walkout but that classes were still held for those who wished to attend.


“Donald Trump may be president, but we are going to make sure that this man, that he is going to prioritize the well-being of the people, so please join us in this fight,” an unidentified student said during the protest, addressing the large crowd, according to CBS.


“The district prefers that its students are in class and participating,” Burress said. “However, we do understand their concern and we take it very seriously when they feel passionate about political issues. We’re doing everything we can to support them.”

Students then marched to the University of California, Berkeley, campus nearby, where they were joined by college students.


California voters had already let their displeasure at a Trump presidency be known, having taken to the streets earlier Wednesday morning as predictions were made.

Read more at CBS San Francisco.

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