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Students plan anti-Trump walkouts at L.A. schools

LAPD warns against student protests
Students in South Gate protest the election of Donald Trump as president in front of City Hall.
(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Students at schools across Los Angeles have made plans to leave their classes on Monday as a protest of Donald Trump’s election to the presidency, according to authorities.

The Los Angeles Police Department issued a special advisory Sunday and urged parents to tell their children to abide by the law.

“It is very difficult to ensure the safety of children when they leave the safe confines of their school campuses,” the statement said.

The LAPD asked parents to encourage their children to voice their opinions “in a lawful, safe and peaceful manner.”

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Police said demonstrators could face arrest for obstructing the movement of vehicles and people, refusing to obey lawful orders by a law enforcement officer, vandalism and refusal to disperse after unlawful assembly is declared.

Those under the age of 18 could also face arrest for curfew violations.

Since Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton, demonstrators have taken to the streets of L.A. and cities across the country, denouncing the president-elect and chanting, “Not my president.”

The protests have been particularly concentrated at schools and universities. Last week, thousands of students in L.A. County marched out of their classrooms.

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L.A. Unified Supt. Michelle King said in a statement last week that students have freedom of speech and are allowed to participate in peaceful demonstrations on campus during non-instructional times, within parameters. “They are not permitted to leave school,” King said.

matt.hamilton@latimes.com

Twitter: @MattHjourno

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