Thousands of East Bay students walk out following Trump election

SF Gate

Holding signs reading “Not our president” and defiantly chanting Wednesday morning, thousands of students spilled out of East Bay high schools, taking to the streets in anti-Donald Trump protests — the latest round of action across the Bay Area following the New York billionaire’s election to the highest office in the land.

A wave of students rushed out of Berkeley High School around 9 a.m. and met near the school’s theater along Allston Way before the throng of young people were joined by several teachers in a march to the UC Berkeley campus.  

The large group — some waving Mexican flags — marched through Sproul Plaza before heading to the campanile tower at the center of campus were the group stopped and shared thoughts about the election.

Many in the crowd — who organized the morning demonstration through Instagram — were too young to vote in the election and were angered by the Trump victory.

“We’re sending a message that this is not a man we want in the White House,” said 17-year-old Berkeley junior Jeffrey Blair. “The only thing he stands for is bigoted ideas and hate.”

Berkeley High School principal Sam Pasarow said that while he wanted kids to attend class, the school was supportive of the student walkout.

“This is a really intense learning experience for the students,” Pasarow, who admitted being shocked over the election, said during the march. “I don’t have the ability to say stop, and I’m not sure that I would.”

One high schooler hugged a woman on the UC Berkeley campus who was in tears as the young marchers passed by.

“I’m disappointed ashamed and a little bit terrified,” 14-year-old freshman Queen McDonough, who left math class to join the protest, said. “A lot of people were joking he wasn’t going to win. Now that he’s won, a lot of my friends are terrified at what he can possibly do.”

About the same time as the Berkeley march, groups of students walked out of classes at high schools in Oakland. Students gathered in front of Oakland Technical and Bishop O’Dowd high schools, sharing their thoughts and concerns after the divisive election.

The walkouts are the latest protest action around the Bay Area after Trump’s unlikely victory on Tuesday night.

Shortly after he accepted the nomination early Wednesday, groups of protesters in the East Bay took to the streets.

A 20-year-old woman was seriously injured when she was stuck by an SUV as she and some 200 others poured onto Highway 24 near Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley early Wednesday.

Other groups gathered at Frank Ogawa Plaza in Oakland where protesters lit a fire in the street, shutting down BART at the 12th Street Station.

Protesters were expected to gather again on Wednesday evening in San Francisco and in Oakland.

Organizers were planning an anti-Trump demonstration at the Powell Street cable car turnaround near Market Street at 5 p.m.

Protesters were also planning on meeting at Frank Ogawa Plaza in Oakland for the second night in a row on Wednesday evening.

4 thoughts on “Thousands of East Bay students walk out following Trump election

  1. “The large group — some waving Mexican flags —”

    F%&KING TARGETS!!!!! 😡

    ……..(‘(…´…´…. ¯~/’…’)
    ……….”…\………. _.·´

  2. Don’t you just love how these assholes hold up a huge Mexican flag and claim they are Americans. If they love Mexico so much, then WHY THE HELL are they in AMERICA????!!!!!!! Go back if you like it so much. But all they do is ridicule you and play the “America is not a real country but a country of immigrants from everywhere who embrace all countries.” Amazing because the last time I checked WE HAD A FLAG! Which means WE ARE A COUNTRY JUST LIKE YOURS! Which means PICK A COUNTRY! YOURS OR MINE? You can’t have both.

    Once again,

    “President Teddy Roosevelt;

    “Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country.

    In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the man’s becoming in very fact an American, and nothing but an American. If he tries to keep segregated with men of his own origin and separated from the rest of America, then he isn’t doing his part as an American.

    There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag, which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile.

    We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, and American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding house; and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.””

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