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Forest Grove HS students stage walkout over 'Build A Wall' banner hung at school

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Banner at FGHS (Photo from Facebook/Juan Carlos Gonzalez) Banner at FGHS (Photo from Facebook/Juan Carlos Gonzalez)
Forest Grove HS students gathered outside the school Thursday in protest of a banner hung in the school earlier in the week advocating building a wall, referencing a topic from the Donald Trump campaign. (KPTV) Forest Grove HS students gathered outside the school Thursday in protest of a banner hung in the school earlier in the week advocating building a wall, referencing a topic from the Donald Trump campaign. (KPTV)
FOREST GROVE, OR (KPTV) -

Students at Forest Grove High School walked out of classes at 9:50 a.m. Thursday in response to a banner that was hung by students in the cafeteria Wednesday.

The banner read “Build A Wall” and was hung up by two students at the school. The banner was displayed for about a minute before it was taken down.

School officials said the students responsible for the banner were immediately disciplined.

The banner appears to be a reference to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's frequent statements about building a wall along the border of the United States and Mexico. 

The message sparked outrage on social media outlets. Several students said it was a blatant sign of racism at the school and it needs to be addressed.

“The student body at FGHS is around 50 percent Latino, and it pains me that our youth have to deal with this obscene bigotry,” former student Juan Carlos Gonzalez wrote in a Facebook post.

Students said earlier in the day that they would be standing up and walking out of class at 9:50 a.m. to show their support for the Latino community and to project their message of anti-racism.   

Forest Grove High School recently faced another incident involving racially-charged language.

In March, a student was disciplined for calling a teacher a racial slur while walking by her classroom.   

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