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Calif. students walk out in protest over Trump

Teachable moments abound at all levels following just one day after a divisive election for president, as students in California and other areas took to the streets in protest, sometimes violently, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Students at several high schools near San Francisco, including about 1500 from Berkeley High School, representing about half the students at the school, walked out in the middle of class. Others protested on the steps of City Hall in Los Angeles.

Similar demonstrations were seen from Seattle to Pittsburgh to Dallas, and a few of the protesters resorted to vandalism.

Using the hashtag “#NotMyPresident” and promising to stand united against Donald Trump’s election, some students at Berkeley chanted, “Si, se puede,” Spanish for “Yes, we can,” and waved Mexican flags, according to posts on social media.

“The district prefers that its students are in class and participating,” FOX-2 quoted Charles Burress, a Berkeley Unified School District spokesman, as saying. “However, we do understand their concern and we take it very seriously when they feel passionate about political issues. … We’re doing everything we can to make sure that they feel safe and supported.”

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