High school students in California and Washington stage protests against the election of Republican Donald Trump.
BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (NOVEMBER 9, 2016) (NBC) – Some 1,500 high school students in the progressive San Francisco Bay Area city of Berkeley walked out of class on Wednesday (November 9) to protest Republican Donald Trump winning the U.S. presidential election, according to school officials and social media.
The students held a rally in the courtyard of Berkeley High School before marching toward the University of California, Berkeley campus, Berkeley Unified School District spokesman Charles Burress said by telephone.
Photos uploaded to Twitter showed hundreds of students, with many carrying signs decrying the president-elect, along with the hashtags #NotMyPresident and #BHSWalkout.
Local broadcaster NBC Bay Area said teachers were among those who walked out with students. Burress said he could not confirm that report.
In Washington state, about 200 West Seattle High School students also walked out of their classes Wednesday morning and marched through the streets in protest of the election of Trump.
According to local news reports, students chanted “Save our future” and “Not my president” and held a banner reading “Fight it.”
The marches followed a night of protests around the Bay Area and elsewhere in the country in response to Trump’s stunning political upset.
Demonstrators late on Tuesday smashed storefront windows and set garbage and tires ablaze in downtown Oakland, across the bay from San Francisco. A few miles away, University of California, Berkeley students protested on campus.