Students protest Trump, walk out of Silver Spring high schools

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Montgomery Blair students gather on the football field before leaving school grounds in protest

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Students from Montgomery Blair High and Northwood High have walked out of class en masse this morning and taken to the streets to protest President-elect Donald Trump.

Several hundred students have joined in the protest, which is ongoing.

Tensions have been high in Montgomery County over the election. Several incidents, including the pro-Trump vandalizing of a church, have contributed to the divide.

Montgomery Blair students cited their student handbook, which they say allows for peaceful assembly, in tweets encouraging other students to join the protest.

Montgomery County Police have issued a traffic alert that westbound University Boulevard is closed between Colesville Road and George Avenue. They say that the protest is headed toward Westfield Wheaton mall.