A school divided, election results raises tension with students, nation


Protesters walk down Indianapolis on Sat. Nov. 12 during the anti-Trump protest. Photo by Reily Sanderson.

Reily Sanderson , Features editor

#Notmypresident was a hashtag largely started when Donald Trump was determined the nation’s next president.

Backlash occurred when Trump’s close win to Hillary Clinton, with Clinton winning the popular vote, and Trump winning the electoral. Major cities like Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Indianapolis held anti-Trump protests.

According to the Anti-Defamation League after Trump was announced as the president elect, harassment, vandalism and physical assault have risen.

Arriving to school after the election, a student claimed another student brought a pro-Trump sign to the school, and it was ripped out of his hands, other students reported to have heard anti-Trump chants, the morning after the election.

“I haven’t seen any [fights] in person but just like on twitter something there is a lot of people going at each other being nasty,” senior Jordan Fisher said.

Current President Barack Obama recently said to protesters in a press conference in Germany, that he believed people who felt strongly about the issue should not remain silent, and stated that voting, organizing and being informed on the issues mattered.

Washington Post stated that Urban and rural areas of the United States have become extremely polarized, and people, like Fisher, encourage people to be open with others opinions even if they differ.

“I think people should listen to each other’s opinions instead of just trying to force everything on everyone, and that would just resolve a lot of problems,” Fisher said.