Hundreds of Germantown Teens Walk Out of School to Protest Election
As has been happening all around Montgomery County, on Wednesday hundreds of high school students from the Germantown area walked out of school during their lunch period in hopes of sending a message of love and inclusion. The students also took to the streets to express their displeasure with the election of Donald Trump as president last week.
The walkout had been brewing in area schools. On Monday about 30 to 40 students at Northwest High School walked out of school during lunch to the Northwest football field and chanted anti-Trump slogans.
Wednesday’s protest started shortly after 11:30 am, just at lunch periods were beginning, students at Seneca Valley High School walked out the gymnasium doors holding signs and chanting, “Not my President.”
The group of roughly 60 students walked off campus and turned left walking down the sidewalk on Wisteria Drive. The Seneca Valley School Resource Officer from the MCPD walked along with them making sure they stayed on the sidewalk.
A few minutes later and two miles south on Great Seneca Highway, a large group of 50-60 students began walking out of their lunch period at Northwest High School.
As the group from Seneca Valley approached the intersection of Wisteria Drive and Great Seneca Highway, they were met with a number of officers from MCPD 5th District who did not stop them, but stopped traffic at the intersection to ensure that all the student protesters safely crossed the street as they began the two-mile march down Great Seneca Highway to Northwest.
Some students held signs reading, “Love Love Love” and “Hate is Not a Maryland Value” they chanted “No Justice, No Peace” and “Hey, Hey! Ho, Ho! Donald Trump has Got to Go!!” The peaceful protest proceeded down Great Seneca Highway, and police officers assured their safe passage through intersections, including Clopper Road. The students remained on the sidewalk and were respectful of the police.