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Thousands Of Seattle Students Leave School To Protest Trump

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Several hundred students, among thousands who walked out of Seattle schools Monday, gathered in Capitol Hill's Cal Anderson Park.

Thousands of students walked out of Seattle high schools Monday in a show of anger at the election of Donald Trump.

Several hundred gathered for an afternoon rally on the sports fields of Capitol Hill's Cal Anderson Park. Many said they wanted to show solidarity with groups they feared would be marginalized during a Trump administration, including people of color, immigrants, Muslims, and members of the LGBTQ community. 

Garfield High School student Daniela Castillo, 18, wore the flag of her native Mexico around her shoulders.

"I'm proud of what I am," she said, adding that she opposes Trump's rhetoric targeting immigrants and his promise to build a wall along the Mexican border. 

Sabreen Abdullah, 18, said she wanted to make a statement for religious tolerance and against the harassment of Muslims. She said she came from nearby Seattle Central College to show support for the high school students, helping to hold a banner that said "Black Lives Matter." 

"If you're feeling unsafe in this country, speak up against it and hopefully there will be a support system to help you, because the youth can come together and fight for a cause," Abdullah said.

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Some students who were too young to vote said the walk-out was a way to register their dissent.

Several dozens students later joined an anti-Trump march through downtown Seattle. Police said three people were arrested, none of them students in Seattle schools. 

The march disrupted traffic but police said it was otherwise peaceful. 

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Several hundred students, among thousands who walked out of Seattle schools Monday, gathered in Capitol Hill's Cal Anderson Park.

Will James reports and produces special projects, including podcasts and series, for KNKX. He created and hosted the Outsiders podcast, chronicling homelessness in Olympia for more than a year, in partnership with The Seattle Times.