High school students in Boston are staging a mass walkout from classes on Monday to protest a Donald Trump presidency.
More than 700 students have committed to the walkout on the event Facebook page. According to a flier circulating on social media since last week, students are demanding protection of public education and vulnerable students and their families. It also denounces white supremacist movements and Trump’s appointment of Steve Bannon.
“Donald J. Trump will be the next president of the United States and we have the right to protest and stand together against the inexcusable statements he has made about, and the harmful policies he promises to enact against, immigrants, Muslims, black Americans, the disabled, the LGBTQ+ community and women,” organizers wrote on the Facebook page.
Students plan to walk out of classes at 1 p.m. and convene at the gazebo in Boston Common before marching on the State House. Students plan to meet with Gov. Charlie Baker at 3 p.m. and then head to Boston City Hall for a meeting with Mayor Marty Walsh around 4 p.m.
Boston Public Schools sent an automated phonemessage to parents to discourage children from participating in the walkout. The message said the school system believes in student advocacy, but warned that students who leave classes early will be marked absent.