High school students Take on Pipeline

An onlooker reacts to the protest.

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An onlooker reacts to the protest.

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Megaphones were blaring, hundreds of people were talking excitedly, and chants of “Hey! Ho! Donald Trump has got to go!” were ringing from the crowd. It was a cold Friday afternoon in downtown Minneapolis and students from around Minneapolis had gathered with something important to say. There were  drones and even people posting on their Facebook live, recording the whole thing.

2:30 pm is when hundreds of high schoolers and some middle schools walked out of their schools. Students traveled  from all over South and North Minneapolis to show people that they have a voice about how things happen in this world, just like adults do.

These students left their schools at 2:30 pm, took trains and MPLS Public Transportation to meet up at U.S. Bank Stadium Park. In the park, all the students gathered to break into four groups. The groups each marched to different areas of Downtown. The group I was with walked over towards U.S. Bank and up to the skyway. As we were chanting and walking through the skyway, Target closed their gates.

When the gates went down, students felt disrespected and started to shake the gate. Once the gate started shaking, the police pepper sprayed some students. Pepper spray filled the skyway and as everyone walked past, they started to choke because of how strong it was.

Students were running and screaming trying to get out and get help. Students were trying to get milk to help put the fire out in their eyes. As we walked out we and gathered and helped the ones that really needed it the most.  After they got the help they needed, we walked back to the park where we started.

Once we got there we circled up and the students that were pepper sprayed sat in the middle of everyone. Once we all got together, we said to one another,“ I love you, we are one.” It made students feel like everyone around them had fought as hard as they did that day for their voice to be heard. After the circle all the students went their separate ways.

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