High schoolers protest President-elect Trump

Students protest president-elect Trump

Thousands of high schoolers, most not even old enough to vote, walked out of school and into the streets to protest the election of Donald Trump as president on Monday.

Impromptu protests complete with spur-of-the-moment police escorts down busy streets happened in Seattle and Silver Spring, Maryland.

WKYC Channel 3 News asked Akron and Cleveland school districts to weigh in on "what if"?

In Silver Spring, a high school Trump protestor shouts into the camera, "I'm Hispanic and I won't let him be president! I don't like the way he speaks to women. It's not right! It's not right!"

They were protests organized by students. No teachers were involved in Silver Spring. In fact, teachers continued teaching as students walked out.

How about in Northeast Ohio? What parameters are in place for Akron and Cleveland schools to keep kids safe while protecting the right to free speech?

In Akron City Schools, the bylaws say: "Students shall not be disturbed in the exercise of their constitutionally guaranteed rights to assemble peacefully and to express opinions, provided it doesn't interfere with the operation of the schools," said Spokesman Mark Williamson.

Cleveland Metropolitan School District spokeswoman, Roseann Canfora says “In the few occasions when our students have engaged in peaceful protest, the school administration chose not to interfere with the actions of those who felt the need to express their views on issues important to them.”

WKYC Channel 3 social media followers who have weighed in on Silver Spring, tend to overwhelmingly disagree.

Pamela Mattern posting "Really! You Aren’t old enough to vote! Go back to school and learn something..ANYTHING! with a smiley face"

Colleen Smith writes “Suspend them. This is idiocy."

Turns out, students who walked out of school in Maryland will be disciplined, unless they have excused absences from their parents.

Canfora says that for student protests, "Those who miss class are marked absent, as they would be for any other reason during the school day, and parents are notified of the actions and consequences.”

As for Akron, Williamson says "We fully support free speech ON campus. As soon as you walk off of the property without written permission, we have a problem. All are subject to disciplinary action whether it's 5 or 500."

Karen Roth Tindell, though, weighed in on WKYC social media in support of the truant teens.

She says “Proud of these kids standing up."

Same goes for Chris Major on Facebook saying, “Glad to see so many young people taking an interest in government affairs"

Students protesting in Maryland boast to a local TV station, “We walked out of school for like a really good cause. We are the future. We are the people who are going to be taking control of this country."


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