A group of about 100 Mountlake Terrace High School students walked out of class on Monday afternoon in solidarity with a “nationwide walkout” to protest the election of Donald Trump.
The group met up on 44th Avenue West in front of the school at 1:30 p.m.
“This demonstration was an expression of these students’ free speech rights which we were obliged to respect,” Principal Greg Schwab said in a letter to parents Monday. “While at the top of the campus, students held signs and chanted, expressing their desire that Mountlake Terrace High School continues to be a place of respect for all students and community that is united, despite the national political climate.”
The students held up signs with phrases like “Love Trumps Hate” and “Students for Equality.”
Reporters with The Hawkeye spoke to Senior Jaeda Hawkes, who stood on an electrical box above the crowd to lead the chants.
“[The students are protesting right now] because this country is living in fear and living in hate and we need to change that,” she said.
For more details on the walkout, click here for coverage from The Hawkeye.
Similar rallies happened across the country Monday–and Mountlake Terrace was not the only local high school to walk out. Click here to read about the rally at Edmonds-Woodway High School.