Thousands of Bay Area students walk out following Trump election

Holding signs reading “Not our president” and defiantly chanting Wednesday, thousands of students spilled out of Bay Area high schools, taking to the streets in anti-Donald Trump protests — the latest round of action across the Bay Area following the New York billionaire’s election to the highest office in the land. A wave of students rushed out of Berkeley High School around 9 a.m. and met near the school’s theater along Allston Way before the throng of young people was joined by several teachers in a march to the UC Berkeley campus. The large group Bay Area students — some waving Mexican flags — marched through Sproul Plaza before heading to the Campanile at the center of campus, where the group stopped and shared thoughts about the election. Trump’s harsh comments — in particular statements about Muslims and Mexican immigrants — antagonized many minorities. During his announcement of his candidacy for president in June 2015, Trump called Mexicans rapists when speaking about illegal immigration. Trump later floated the idea of banning all Muslim immigrants from coming into the United States before walking the statement back to suggest the more ambiguous strategy of “extreme vetting.” University of California officials, including President Janet Napolitano, addressed student and faculty concerns in a statement Wednesday in wake of Trump’s election. Students gathered in front of Oakland Technical and Bishop O’Dowd high schools, sharing their thoughts and concerns after the divisive election. Students from the Urban School and San Francisco University High School also walked out of class and marched down the sidewalks of Market Street to the Ferry Building before heading back to City Hall.

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