Video of the San Rafael High School protest
Students from high schools throughout Marin and the College of Marin walked out of classes Monday to stage peaceful protests in the wake of the presidential election.
Students from Redwood, Tamalpais, Sir Francis Drake, Terra Linda, San Marin and Novato high schools participated in the walkout Monday. Marin Academy students demonstrated last week.
High school students left class by the hundreds Monday in several U.S. cities, walking out in California, Maryland and Oregon. Many expressed concern over President-elect Trump’s comments about minorities and the effect he will have on their communities.
“I feel really happy students are finding their voice. It’s important for all students to express themselves,” said Amy Martinez, who teaches English language development for newcomers at Terra Linda.
“A lot of them are frightened as to what this means for them and their families,” Martinez said. Terra Linda High School had 450 Hispanic/Latino students in the 2015-16 school year and 505 white students, according to data from the state Department of Education.
Demonstrator Ana Smiler Ostrovsky, one of the organizers of the Terra Linda protest, described the walkout as targeting “any government action that goes against pro-choice, limits who we can marry, deports any of our loved community.” See article HERE
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