Hundreds of student in an Atlanta high school have been pictured "taking a knee" on Wednesday as part of a silent protest. The protest is, according to The Hill, intended to honor the victims of the Florida high school shooting that took place in February.
But on the south side of Chicago on Wednesday morning, things weren't very silent. Rather, students walked out of nearby Simeon Career Academy and trashed their local Walmart during their walkout protest. Dozens of students participated in the protest by knocking over displays and ripping products off the shelves.
The Daily Caller reports that the aisles were left trashed, something that can be shown on video, sources say.
The Chicago school district has responded to the situation, claiming that they are very concerned by the allegations and are reviewing the matter. Chicago Alderman Howard Brookins, who helped to bring Walmart to the area, is also not pleased with this situation. He claims that situations like this do not help attract businesses to an area where businesses often do not want to go.
“We’ve worked too hard to try to get these national retailers here in our community," he said. "And this doesn’t help us. It makes no sense to tear up the community which you call home.”
Students who participated in this protest at Walmart, or at least those who are identified, will be charged with a misdemeanor and possibly even faced with punishment from the school.
“We are very concerned by these allegations and we are reviewing the matter,” a Chicago Public Schools spokesperson said in a statement.
According to the Washington Times, police are currently analyzing video surveillance of the recent rampage in Chicago's south side. Roughly 40 to 60 kids, they report, participated in the activism by looting and destroying property.
Footage reveals on officer looking at the damage and saying, “Oh my God. Look how they tore up our store!”
Fox 32 reports that shoppers and store employees are absolutely stunned by the destruction at this local Walmart.
Students nationwide took part in a 17-minute long national walkout on Wednesday. The walk-out took place exactly one month after a gunman killed 17 people and injured 14 others at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
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