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Forest Grove HS students walkout in protest of Trump-inspired sign

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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) -

A Forest Grove High School student is facing disciplinary action after he hung a banner up in the school that read, “Build a Wall”.

It happened on Wednesday in the school where Latinos make up more than half of the student body.

Superintendent Yvonne Curtis said the student put up the sign without permission and it was only up for a few moments before staff noticed and took it down. Curtis feels it was put up to not only to cause a disturbance, but also to create racial tension.

“It’s just intolerable,” said Curtis. “I think it makes people feel unsafe which is why we dealt with it immediately.”

Curtis won’t go into detail, but she says the student responsible has been identified and is being punished.

The incident comes on the heels of another racially motivated incident at FGHS this year when a student called a black teacher the “N-word”.

Many students feel district leaders aren’t doing enough to address the problem so on Thursday morning, more than 300 students staged a walkout.

First, they gathered in front of the school playing music and holding signs – one that read, “Brown is Beautiful”. Then, the demonstrators marched to the school district headquarters.

Other nearby schools also walked out to show their support.

Student body president Hugo Salmeron said this Donald Trump inspired sign was the last straw for many.

“The incident that happened yesterday – we believe enough is enough,” said Salmeron. “A lot of people would say it’s a First Amendment right, it’s freedom of speech, but there’s a big difference between spreading awareness and just being hateful.”

Students confronted district leaders, asking them how they plan to combat racism on campus in the future. Superintendent Curtis assured them they’ve been working on equality programs for years, but they need more student involvement to make a bigger impact.

Speaking to the students with a bull horn, Curtis said, “I know that your administrators and your teachers want you to do this with them."

The student who hung the banner in Forest Grove High School has issued an apology letter to the school and the students.

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