Prince George’s Co. students leave class to protest Trump

WASHINGTON — High school students in Prince George’s County, Maryland, walked out of their classes on Friday, continuing the wave of student protests aimed at President-elect Donald Trump.

A spokeswoman for Prince George’s County Public Schools confirmed that about 100 Suitland High School students left their classrooms on Friday. Students at Northwestern and Parkdale high schools apparently also walked out as part of the protest.

Also, about 15 students left G. James Gholson Middle School in Hyattsville.

A Twitter account linked to the protests instructed demonstrators to march to various meeting points in Prince George’s County.

Nationwide, young people who were upset at Trump’s victory have been staging protests across the country. On Monday, students left their high school classrooms by the thousands — everywhere from the D.C. suburbs to the California coast.

Last week, high school students in nearby Montgomery County, Maryland marched into downtown Silver Spring holding signs and chanting “Not my president.”

Most of the subsequent protests had been peaceful, though on Wednesday, a 15-year-old boy wearing one of the Trump campaign’s “Make America Great Again” hats was assaulted by a group of protesters outside a Rockville, Maryland high school — the first reported instance of physical violence tied to local anti-Trump protests.

A 17-year-old is facing charges in the assault.

Montgomery County’s Public Schools System’s Superintendent Jack Smith has since asked students to stop protesting during school hours and has warned that students may face disciplinary action if they did not comply.

WTOP’s Kristi King contributed to this report.

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