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Los Angeles students walk out of schools to protest Trump

Los Angeles Unified School District buses
Los Angeles Unified School District buses
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Students from several Los Angeles schools have walked out of classes to protest the election of Donald Trump as president.

Dozens of students hoisting signs and chanting slogans marched out the front doors of Garfield High in East Los Angeles around 8:30 a.m. Monday.

They were to be joined throughout the morning by kids from other schools as they make their way to rallies at Mariachi Plaza and later at City Hall.

Organizers say protesters want to show support for immigrants, Muslims, gay people and other communities they say will be vulnerable under a Trump administration.

Police urged parents to discuss with their children the importance of expressing opinions in a lawful, safe and peaceful manner.

Demonstrators have gathered across the California and the nation in the six days since Trump's elected.

Take Two's Alex Cohen spoke to Ruben Garcia, a junior at Legacy High School in South Gate. He planned to protest Monday with his fellow classmates on Alameda Street near his school.

"We hope that people will understand where we're coming from and see why we're doing this, and try to help us protest and get a new president, because we're not happy with the one we have now," Garcia said.

Trump's words on the campaign trail would be hard to shake, despite any forthcoming attempts to bring unity, Garcia said.

"Once [Trump] won, I had so much fear that my stepdad was going to be gone, or some of my friends, and I don't want that to happen," he said.

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