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DP Students Walk Out on Trump

DP students march towards the UCSB Anti-Trump protests near Stroke Tower on November 9th.

DP students march towards the UCSB Anti-Trump protests near Stroke Tower on November 9th.

Photo credit: Luis Cardenas

DP students march towards the UCSB Anti-Trump protests near Stroke Tower on November 9th.

Photo credit: Luis Cardenas

Photo credit: Luis Cardenas

DP students march towards the UCSB Anti-Trump protests near Stroke Tower on November 9th.

By Jaden Gill and Jean-Michel Ricard

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Students of all backgrounds gathered in the meadow of Dos Pueblos High School Wednesday, November 9th, before marching to The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) in response to Tuesday night’s presidential election.

After around 600 DP students, escorted by faculty, walked out of class, roughly 100 of them ventured 3.5 miles off campus and gathered near Storke Plaza to rally against discrimination and hate in the United States.

“We got informed that there was a rally at UCSB and that’s when we decided that we should just go,” one of the organizers of the walkout, senior Dennilson Alvarez, said. “We sort of took the lead. So there was very little organizing there, but it turned out well.”

News of the potential walk-out became the talk of the school after a social media post began circulating through Instagram, Snapchat, and mass text messages. As 12pm rolled around, students gradually departed their fourth-period classrooms, while the superintendent and staff respected their right to protest.

“I see students expressing their first amendment freedom of speech rights,” said DP Assistant Principal Bill Woodard. “We are here as admins to make sure the students are safe.”

According to Alvarez, the students who left school did not break any laws and therefore did not receive any major consequences, though they were marked absent from the classes they missed.

The walkout was on such short notice that even those organizing it were not sure of the plan until the day of, though this did not halt the overwhelming amount of participants.

“I guess my expectation is that there would be a lot against us when there wasn’t and that made me super happy,” said senior and co-president of Social Equality Club, Brandi Melendez. “Like the fact that they were letting us do our thing, letting us speak our voice without, you know, like pushing against us.”

The more passionate walk-out participants were ready to promote change, but others believed that challenging the presidential elect was unnecessary.

“Instead of being mad we should just give him a chance,” senior Luis Flores said. “If we want him to fail we kind of want America to fail. We should hope he succeeds.”

Once the march had arrived at the UCSB campus, DP joined nearly 1,000 college students in the larger rally. Organizers then called representatives from several student groups to speak and express their general emotions regarding Donald Trump’s presidential victory and how it will affect the Santa Barbara community.

“There’s a lot of fear going around and yeah just a lot of hate and a lot of separation,” Alvarez said. “For me, this protest meant unity: building community. It was pretty cool to see how people used their voice.”

As students spoke, emotions ran high. A number of ralliers were crying as they shared their fears and concerns for minorities under the Trump/Pence presidency.

Two hours passed before the rally peacefully came to a close and students from DP and UCSB dispersed.

“I know that the walkout is not going to change the election,” Melendez said. “From my perspective, us walking out and having our voices heard is showing the people that side of the spectrum: that we are not going to be walked all over.”

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