SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Hundreds of high school students in San Jose have walked out from classes and gathered at City Hall Thursday in protest of Donald Trump winning the U.S. presidency in Tuesday’s election.
About 100 students marched out of San Jose High School to participate in the joint walkout with other high schools in the city, San Jose Unified School District spokesman Peter Allen said.
Roughly 200 to 300 students from many schools were gathered at City Hall, Allen said.
While the district hasn’t authorized the student protest, it encourages students to be civiclly engaged and exercise their rights to free speech, Allen said.
Overall, the students’ actions have been peaceful and the district is monitoring the situation, according to Allen.
“It’s great to see kids getting engaged and speaking their minds,” he said.
About 500 Gunderson High School students also held a stand-in at the campus quad during lunchtime today speaking out their concerns about Trump becoming the country’s next president, according to Allen.
On Wednesday, about 200 to 300 Lincoln High School students gathered at the quad during the lunch hours sharing their thoughts on the presidential election results over a microphone and public address system provided by school staff, Allen said.
One student at Lincoln High spoke in support of Trump while everyone around him allowed him to discuss his opinion, according to Allen.