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I received a press release this morning about the high school student walk-out.
I visited Hale about 1:30 pm but saw no students leaving. Then I headed to Roosevelt where about 100 students walked out and had a police escort down the sidewalk/street. They were headed down the Ave towards UW where presumably they would meet up with UW students.
The walkout will take place starting at 1:30 from the students school of origin (included schools: Franklin, Garfeild (sic), The Center School, Nova, Sealth, and UW). Students will then meet up at Cal Anderson park (1653 11th Ave, Seattle WA, 98122) at 2:30. It’s a positive opportunity to show the greater Seattle community how much they care / are impacted by the issue.The students will also be hosting a later “Protest for Solidarity” at Westlake Park (401 pine st, Seattle WA, 98101), at 4:15 pm, to express their feelings after the election and how they plan to about it going forward. Hosted by Emma Reid, Viv Nicole, and Samantha Wisner-Simmons. “EVERYONE is welcome…”“Seattle is a diverse community, and it's our immigrant/refugee populations, LGBTQ folks, religious diversity and colorful mix of racial demographics that makes us who we are. as students, we grew up in classrooms that reflect that. Trump is threatening our core value of tolerance as a city. We had to use our voices and numbers to show that we stand with members of our community who may not feel safe now. we'll continue to resist attacks on those around us with any/all forms of student activism!”-Quinn Angelou-Lysaker on why they are taking a stand. (An organizer of all school walkout)
I interview one student, Rohan Ramdin, a soft-spoken freshman at RHS. He said he "might" have told his parents he was walking out. He said that his teacher said everyone had 60 seconds to decide what they wanted to do and it was up to each student. He said he did not believe he was being oppressed but believed many others, in different groups, would be under a Trump administration.
I asked him if he was angry at adults. He said no because he thought some people really didn't believe Trump was as bad as the things he said. I asked him if perhaps, as some principals had advocated, that the students should have waited until after school. That was a firm "no" from Rohan who said more kids could do this during a school day and it had to be "big and loud."
Photos below from Stranger reporter, Sydney Brownstone who reports that there must be 1,000 students at Cal Anderson park.