A crowd of students gathered outside North High School in Omaha and they took to the streets this morning shouting “we will not stand down”, “we are united – yes we are” and “you want a wall – here’s your wall” to protest the election of Donald Trump as president.
Omaha Public School District spokesperson Monique Farmer says officials got wind this was going to happen today through social media. Farmer says, “”The majority of them that I’ve heard speak this morning expressed they want to have a way to demonstrate. Unity. They want a way to have a voice. Some of our high schoolers that are seniors did actually vote in the election and they are expressing frustration or just exhibiting their First Amendment rights. Then I’ve heard some of them make comments around some of the language and rhetoric heard during the campaign and their frustrations with that.”
About 200 students initially walked out of class today to protest. Farmer says the students and parents were told those participating would be marked as truant and they would not be allowed to make up missed school work. A short time later many of the students returned to class leaving about 25 or so on the sidewalk. The protest was peaceful.