Should kids be able to ditch class to protest? | The Tylt

Should kids be able to ditch class to protest?

Kids on both the East and West Coast have staged numerous walkouts during school hours to protest President-elect Donald Trump. Students insist they're simply exercising their rights to help advocate for classmates threatened by Trump's policies. They can't vote, but want their voices heard. But some adults believe minors have no business skipping class to protest; they should be studying. Other critics say they're too young to have an informed opinion. What do you think? Vote now!

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Students insist they know the issues and they know the stakes. This is about showing a united front, and letting the President-elect know while they can't vote now... they won't forget to register in just a few years.

“We are a diverse school and accepting environment, and we feel the Trump administration is going to try and divide us,” said Pearl Strand, a 17-year-old Wilson senior. “We are protesting to show we are united.”
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That said, kids can be pretty immature. Setting thousands of angry teenagers on to the streets has consequences, like when a bunch of kids carrying signs that read "Love Trumps Hate" beat up a 15-year-old Trump supporter.

"They jumped him and beat him up pretty bad," Max Stucky, a bystander who witnessed the attack, told WTOP.

Shouldn't these kids be in school?

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That's just an isolated incident. Most of these kids are just exercising their right to peacefully assemble and protest a political leader who threatens their values. Is it not admirable to stand up for their fellow classmates?

"A lot of us don't agree with what Donald Trump is saying," said Evelyn Aguilar, a 15-year-old sophomore at Collegiate Charter High School in East L.A., who protested in her school uniform. "A lot of people are worried about being deported and violence against them because of their sexual and ethnic identity.
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But the best way to fight back is to get your education. Go to class, get your degree, find a college and hit 'em where it hurts. Skipping class only helps Trump.

“Students should remain on campus where they’re safe. Ignorance … can often lead to violence. Please understand that the greatest way to overcome ignorance is through education.”
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Nonsense! These kids are trying to show compassion and voice dissent the only way they know how. In their world, they're braving administrative discipline and angry parents. We should applaud minors who show empathy, not condemn them.

But students putting themselves out there so publicly, with their future on the line, is worthy of adult support. Those who walk out represent a generation that—despite the xenophobic claims of the Ann Coulters of this world—do everything "right": assimilate, aspire, seek opportunities to make a life for themselves in the only country they know, want to see their parents succeed. As long as Trump and his voters ignore this reality, student protesters deserve to be heard—and they’re going to make us hear them.
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What a load! Parents don't work 50 hours a week and pay taxes to send their kids to a good school, just so they can skip class and hang out with their friends to protest an election they didn't even get to vote in. Go back to class!

"Let's teach them better. Because they need to stay in school and learn and be educated," said Tammy Hammrich, who has two children in Seattle Public Schools. "My kids won't. My 18-year-old will stay in class and if he partakes in the walkout, he knows he'll get in trouble when he comes home."
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A lot of folks support the students' right to protest. Power to the people!

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If you're not old enough to vote, you're not old enough to walkout of school. Go back to class!

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