Hundreds of students walked out of Fordson High School in Dearborn Thursday to denounce Israel defending itself after a Hamas terrorist attack last week.
“We’re all united. We’re all for Palestine, and that we can all support without the fear of getting in trouble,” a student told WXYZ.
“We can’t stay silent. We cannot stay silent about what’s going on in Palestine,” another said.
Videos showed students chanting, “Biden, Biden, you can’t hide, you signed off on genocide.”
🇺🇸🇵🇸Students have organized a walkout at Fordson High School chanting “Free Palestine”#USA #Michigan #Palestine #Israel #PalestineIsraelwar #PalestinianLivesMatter #GazaCity #GazaGenocide pic.twitter.com/4WrK6HH5AE
— Attentive Media (@AttentiveCEE) October 19, 2023
The Detroit News reported nearly 400 students took part.
School administrators didn’t seem to care about the defiant act.
“They exercised their First Amendment rights, exited the school and walked around the building and came back in for second and third hour,” district spokesman David Mustonen told the News. “There were no issues. The students were outstanding and very well behaved and very respectful. They all returned to class.”
Other video showed students standing outside the school with some continuing the anti-Biden chants. A large group of students rode atop a car through the parking lot:
NOW: Students have organized a walkout at Fordson High School @Fordsontractors
They are chanting “Free Palestine”
— Jordan Burrows (@jordan_burrows) October 19, 2023
Other video showed students holding a Palestinian flag:
Here’s video of the students chanting and holding the Palestinian flag outside of Fordson High School. @WWJ950 also talked with several students about why they decided to walk out of class in protest and solidarity.
— Ryan H. Marshall (@RyanHMarshall) October 19, 2023