- The Washington Times - Friday, November 18, 2016

Students in several Prince George’s County, Maryland, high schools walked out of their classes Friday at 11:30 a.m., an effort coordinated by online activists denouncing the election of Donald Trump as president.

But in at least one county school, administrators successfully prevented a walkout. Officials at the Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School in Upper Marlboro barred students from leaving the building, ABC affiliate WJLA reported Friday. Various videos have been posted online of raucous demonstrations in the hallways at Wise.

While many students participated in the demonstration, it has irritated other students who decried the disruption to the school day.

“Im in class getting my free education while yall in the halls acting like a damn fool,” tweeted one female student at Wise. “Yelling in the halls about how much u dont like trump isnt gonna change anything.”

A similar effort to keep students indoors at Parkdale High School in Riverdale Park proved unsuccessful.

A freshman girl at Parkdale High School in Riverdale told The Times earlier Friday that school security were blocking exits to the building, preventing most students from leaving the building, although she and a number of other students had managed to slip through some exits undetected and began protesting on the football field.

She told The Times that her group of protesters planned to remain on campus, and was unaware of calls made by an online activist Friday morning for a march to the University of Maryland.

That group eventually moved from the school’s football field to massing alongside the sidewalk on the main road by the school. A local pastor who volunteers as a mentor in an after-school program at Parkdale and witnessed the protest told the Times he estimated there to be about 60 students participating.

A similar protest at Northwestern High in Hyattsville similarly saw students mass along the sidewalks on the school’s main road. There were no reports in either instance of students blocking the roadway.

In messages to The Times, an activist running the @PGCPS_protest account confirmed a plan he tweeted earlier Friday for protest marches on both the University of Maryland and the vehicle lanes of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge.

The activist had urged interested students to stage the protest at the Tanger Outlets in Oxon Hill before making the march to the bridge at 12:40 p.m., according to a Twitter posting.

While it appears the march on the bridge did not take root, area high-school students did descend on the Tanger Outlets, where they protested Mr. Trump’s election, WJLA reported.

In the meantime, the @PGCPS_protest account has deleted its timeline and inquiries sent by The Times to the user were not immediately returned.

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