Protests against the inauguration of Donald Trump as president of the United States are planned across the country, but at least one has been conceived locally, largely by people not even old enough to vote.
Some State College High School students have planned a walkout during the inauguration. A Facebook event was launched for the walkout, which will take place at 11:30 a.m. Friday during the swearing-in ceremony.
“This is not anti-Trump,” the event’s description said. “It is pro hope, pro tolerance and in support of all groups that might feel scared for what the Trump administration will bring to America.”
Participating students will meet in front of the north building’s flagpole, “where we will be able to show solidarity.” The original plan was to meet at Memorial Field, according to one of the event’s organizers, but the location was changed due to student safety concerns.
The change was made during a meeting between student organizers and school principals, according to a statement by Superintendent Bob O’Donnell.
“Our students are now choosing a more responsible and peaceful way to express their thinking than leaving campus,” he said. “Though I recognize the magnitude of tomorrow’s inauguration, I am responsible to support the rights of each student while ensuring we provide a meaningful day of learning.”