UPDATED: MCPS Students Walk Out, Protesting President-elect Trump (VIDEOS & PHOTOS)

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Hundreds of Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) high school students walked out of class Monday morning, protesting President-elect Donald Trump.

MCPS Spokesperson Gboyinde Onijala said that students from Montgomery Blair High School and Northwood High School participated in the walk out. The protest began at the Blair High School football field at around 10 a.m., but soon spread to the streets. Students blocked traffic along University Boulevard as police monitored the scene.

MCPS officials estimate that more than 500 students marched. Students chanted  “Not my president” and  “Black lives matter,” as they marched from Blair High School to Wheaton Mall, ending at Downtown Silver Spring.

Blair High School Principal Renay Johnson knew that students were planning a protest and  sent the following message to parents and guardians:

Hello Blair Families,

As you may have heard, high school students across the nation are planning to walk out to protest current events. We are taking a constructive approach ensure that “students remain safe on campus and that there will be minimum disruption to the school day and their learning. Some of our students are planning a peaceful protest at “10 a.m. today, Monday, November 14.

Participation is voluntary and not encouraged by school staff. To ensure their safety, which is our TOP priority, we “are providing “a safe place (our stadium) for students. The time planned for the protest is 10 a.m. Students are to return to the school building at the end of period 3
“(11:07 “a.m.) to resume their day. Parents will be notified through our automated attendance system if their child is marked absent from any classes today.

Students participating in this protest must bring a note from their parent/guardian within three days stating they approve this absence or they will be marked unexcused. As always, students who choose to leave campus without parent permission will have an unexcused absence.

MCPS Student Code of Conduct Freedom of Assembly

Students have a right to assemble for discussions of issues of importance to them and to demonstrate peacefully. Students have a responsibility to consult with the school principal to determine if the activity will be allowed during the school day, outside the school day, or during lunch, and the type of supervision required. Students also have a responsibility to work cooperatively with staff members, take reasonable steps to ensure that the activity is orderly, and make up missed work.

References: MCPS Regulation JFA-RA, Student Rights and Responsibilities

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Principal Renay Johnson.

Officials also reported that about 100 Northwest High School students also walked out of class today in protest. That protest was limited to the Northwest High School football field, and students returned to class, Onijala said.

MCPS is expected to release an official statement later today.

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Maureen Chowdhury

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Maureen Chowdhury is a multimedia journalist with Montgomery Community Media. She can be reached at mchowdhury@mymcmedia.org and on Twitter at @MediaMaureen. Maureen authors the blog Sound Check on MyMCMedia.


6 Responses to “UPDATED: MCPS Students Walk Out, Protesting President-elect Trump (VIDEOS & PHOTOS)”

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    On November 14, 2016 at 12:50 pm responded with... #

    Cheepers H. Crackers!!

    Get your whiney safe-space butts back to class!

    1) you can’t vote, so shut up
    2) you are clearly not intelligence enough to vote when you DO turn 18
    3) education in MCPS has clearly failed you because you know nothing of civics or the state of politics
    4) then again….MCPS schools are so terrible, it may actually make more sense to be OUT of class than IN class

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      On November 14, 2016 at 5:39 pm responded with... #

      “You are clearly not intelligence enough…” I find this so funny lmao…

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        On November 18, 2016 at 2:42 pm responded with... #

        I’ll bet you would. especially, since you can only speak in terminilogy of “lol” or “lmao”



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      On November 14, 2016 at 6:09 pm responded with... #

      Idiot. Blair is one of the best schools in MCPS. Parents litterally walk up to the principles car and beg to be let in. You are clearly uneducated because it is their right to peacfuly protest. Also, it is excatly because they didn’t vote that the protest occured. They are expressing themselves politically in the only way they can. Not shut up and actually research things before you comment and spread idiotic ideas.

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        On November 18, 2016 at 2:41 pm responded with... #

        Best huh? you are clearly unfamiliar with the test scores, both compared to the rest of the state and to the rest of the countrty.

        if this is your definition of best, I’d hate to hear what your definition of “bad” is.

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    On November 17, 2016 at 5:10 pm responded with... #

    I agree schools in this area are great but the whole point of our election system is that if one party/group loses they accept the loss
    and not whine like babies

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