Amherst Regional H.S. students staged walk-out to protest Trump

Students said they are worried about discrimination

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – Students at Amherst Regional High School left the building at 12:30 Monday afternoon, and took to the sidewalks in protest.

The walk-out is the most recent local expression of disapproval with last Tuesday’s election, which was won by Republican Donald Trump. Students told 22News reporter Mike Masciadrelli Monday that they were also worried about discrimination, following Trump’s victory.

Amherst senior Jalessia Austin said that she thinks Trump’s victory will make some people think racist language is acceptable.

“I know what it’s like to be discriminated against, people use the ‘N word’ toward me now more than ever because they feel since Donald Trump is president they can talk to me a certain way, but I’m still a human being and get the respect forever,” Austin said.

Students marched from the school to the Town Common as part of Monday’s walk-out.

The protest was peaceful. Amherst police monitored today’s demonstration, making sure nothing got out of hand.

On Sunday, about 2,000 protesters marched in downtown Springfield and held a rally at Court Square to protest Trump.