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DC Students Plan To Ditch School For Trump Protest

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Steve Birr Vice Reporter

Students at the largest public school in Washington, D.C., are planning to ditch class and take to the streets in protest of President-elect Donald Trump.

Social media posts and flyers promoting the demonstration have been circling since Monday, when students at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Md., staged a walkout. Students at Woodrow Wilson High School are planning the protest; other students from schools throughout the District are being encouraged to join in, reports WJLA.

The students plan to meet at Metro Center and then march together to Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue. Protesters angry over the election of Trump have been using the hotel as a rallying point for demonstrations since election night.

Students in Maryland grabbed national attention Monday for walking out of class, gathering on the football field of their high school, and marching through the streets. Eyewitnesses said some drivers slowed down to high-five the student protesters as they passed. The students walked down University Boulevard in the direction of Wheaton.

Officials from Montgomery Blair High School released a measured statement on the walk out, stating that it was not organized or encouraged by any members of the staff.

“Students who choose to exercise these rights during school hours are strongly encouraged to remain on school property when engaging in these activities so that we can ensure their safety and security,” reads the statement. “Students who were absent from classes as part of today’s demonstration will be marked as unexcused.”

The statement goes on to tell parents they can reverse the absence if they simply write a note to the school approving of their child’s actions. Officials also reminded teachers and staff to respect the political views of students and avoid imposing their own opinions.

Protests have been erupting across the country since Trump defeated Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton Tuesday night, some turning violent. Rioters in Portland, Ore., burned flags and destroyed or damaged storefronts, businesses and cars.

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