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Students walk out of 2 Arizona high schools to protest Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Uniting under the hashtag #StudentsAgainstArpaio, students at two Phoenix high schools have staged a walk-out in protest of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who is seeking a seventh term.

Students at Maryvale and North high schools announced the walkout just after noon on Tuesday. 

Video from the scene of the North High walkout showed students walking with signs and anti-Arpaio balloons.The longtime sheriff is infamous for targeting Latinos.

People United for Justice, an anti-Arpaio group, sent out a news release when the students walked out of class.

“In a moment when youth of color are making history in their civic participation, students see election day as a responsibility and priority,” the group said in a statement.

Arpaio, in office since 1992, trails opponent Paul Penzone, a Democrat, by up to 15 points in some pre-election polls.

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