Dozens of high school students in Prince George’s County walked out of their schools Friday to protest President-elect Donald Trump — despite warnings from school leaders.
One student was arrested and another escorted out during a demonstration at Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. The student arrested is accused of threatening a police officer, according to a spokesperson for Prince George’s County Public Schools.
According to Fox5DC, Students at Dr. Henry A Wise, Jr. High School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland attempted a walkout protest on Friday. But after school denied them, they decided to protest in cafeteria and hallway, yelling and carrying Black Lives Matter and gay pride flags.
“They came into the cafeteria and they were holding up signs of Black Lives Matter and gay pride flags, and that is when they told me I couldn’t stand on the tables and stuff in the cafeteria, so they sent them into the hallway,” said one student describing the scene. “That is when everyone started going into the hallway and they were protesting.”
“Everybody was yelling, everybody was screaming, people getting pushed around,” another student told us. “It wasn’t necessarily what school officials did. They did their best to try to keep it under control, but there are 3,000 children in our school. So when it came to having a protest inside the school, it just wasn’t a good idea.”
“It kind of got disruptive and out of control, but that is what you kind of expect with protesting and stuff,” said another student.
There were reports of some students being trapped in the cafeteria, but a school staff member told FOX 5 that personnel lowered a partition in the cafeteria, but other cafeteria doors were open where students were able to leave. Some students also said they were not trapped.
Elsewhere, according to NBC 4 Tracee Wilkins demonstrations were largely peaceful and reflective. Some students said they didn’t have the opportunity to vote, but want their voices to be heard.
“We were not old enough to vote so this is how we are going to represent,” said a young woman participating in Parkdale High School’s protest.
A large group of Parkdale students walked out at noon and chanted “Love is love.”
“When we have people who are saying that we need to stop protesting because we can’t change the election, they’re missing the point. They’re missing our message,” said Juwan Blocker, a student member of the Prince George’s County School Board.
At Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, students recited politically charged chants as passersby beeped to show their support.
Both Northwestern and Parkdale are diverse schools made up of large immigrant and first-generation American populations.
Students organized the protests through social media. The Prince George’s County School system warned the students in advance that they would receive unexcused absences for walking out of school.
“If Trump will be in office for four years, guess what? We’re going to be out here for four years,” said one Parkdale High School student according to NBC4.