An estimated 200 Emery High students abruptly walked off campus at 10 a.m. this morning in an organized protest against the contentious election of Donald Trump. The students marched up 45th shouting “Not My President!” and other slogans while being cheered on by neighbors. “Their civil and peaceful protest warmed my mourning heart” noted resident Katy Wisniewski through social media.
— The E’ville Eye News (@TheEvilleEye) November 10, 2016
Emery High Principal Jessica Goode and Superintendent Dr. John Rubio stepped in to help facilitate safety for the students that left campus by working with the Emeryville PD who provided a motorcycle escort. “I appreciate the quick response and very positive help from EPD, the Berkeley PD, and city staff who all joined with us as a strong team to support the safety of our students” noted Rubio.
— Madeleine Jensen (@madeleinekj) November 10, 2016
Some of the students headed North on Adeline toward Berkeley where they converged with fellow protesters at Sproul Plaza on the UC Berkeley Campus. A demonstration that swelled to several thousand. The protests are part of a wave of student activity across the county in opposition to Trump’s anti-immigration and anti-LGBTQ rights stances and racially insensitive comments among others.
“Students were respectful, relatively organized, well-behaved and focused on a positive message” noted one of the High School Teachers. “We received many compliments and gestures of support from the Emeryville community and Berkeley community. I was very proud of them and I think we all did a good job as a staff, especially Ms. Goode, to ensure that students were safe while they were out in public.”
In response to the walkout, Emery High School Principal Jessica Goode released the following statement via email to parents of Emery High Kids:
Hello Emery High School Families,
Today the students of Emery High School organized a walkout after their 1st period class to protest the election and views of Donald Trump. Upon learning about the potential walkout, school administration worked quickly with Emery High School staff to put a plan in place to ensure the safety of Emery students, should they decide to move forward with the protest, and a plan for students who would not participate.
This morning Emery High School administration worked quickly with the Emery Police Department to ensure student safety during the protest. Emeryville Police Department and Emery High School teachers provided escorts to UC Berkeley where many of our students marched onto campus and staged a protest at the Campanile.
Our students were peaceful and respectful, and I appreciate how they handled themselves.
You may want to discuss their feelings regarding the election or their actions today if they participated.
— The E’ville Eye News (@TheEvilleEye) November 11, 2016