ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Students at Albuquerque Academy left their school and hit the streets Wednesday.
Students, faculty and staff at the Albuquerque Academy marched around their campus, carrying signs and chanting messages united against president-elect Donald Trump.
“I heckled Donald Trump in May at his rally,” Alex Baca, Albuquerque Academy student, said.
Alex Baca says when he saw Donald Trump in Albuquerque a few months ago, it didn’t cross his mind that Trump would actually win the presidential election.
“I thought he was just somebody running that was going to lose by a landslide,” Baca said.
Baca and his fellow students, faculty and staff at the Albuquerque Academy walked out of classrooms Wednesday, they say in protest of president-elect Trump and his rhetoric.
“Together we will stand against bigotry, racism, sexism, homophobia and acts of sexual assault,” Student Diego Salazar said.
“We can’t let his hate get to us or accept it as the norm,” Baca said.
Students say the message of the walk-out is unity and love.
“I think it’s our moral and civic duty to use our privilege to help fight for others,” said one student.
“New Mexico is a state with a lot of immigrants, and we should love our neighbors,” Baca said.
Students held signs that read “love trumps hate,” “students against Trump” and “we the people, embrace all people” while marching around their campus and chanting.
School administrators say they support their students standing up for what they believe in.
“We really want our children to have engaged minds, to be good citizens and open minds, and caring hearts,” Head of Albuquerque Academy, Andy Watson, said.
Many of the high school students aren’t old enough to vote, but say they still want their voices heard.
A lot of student protests in Albuquerque and the country are blaming people who can vote for not doing so. They say those are the ones responsible for this result.