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Central Valley students stage Trump protest with T-shirts

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SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -

As protests across the country broke out Wednesday, a few local high schoolers staged a protest of their own. The students say they wanted to speak out, but do it in a respectful way, so they did it with a pen and a shirt.

It's been one of the most divisive elections of our time, polarizing the country and voters on both sides. The day after Donald Trump was elected as the next president of the United States, these Spokane Valley students wanted to speak up, voicing their concerns with things the outspoken Republican has said in the past. 

"We wanted to bring attention to some of the things he's said and show that we were not in support of how he's treated some minorities," said Central Valley senior Gwyneth Potter.

The students wore shirts with phrases from the president-elect written on them in silent protest.

"They asked us what we were trying to get from this," said junior Jill Lambie. "We told them we just wanted to start a conversation about whether or not this is OK."

The school district told KHQ the shirts violated the dress code and the students were asked to turn the shirts inside-out, which they did. The students said everyone, including the staff, were overwhelmingly supportive.  Parents said they approved of the kids speaking up, and the way they did it.

 "I was very proud they did it in a peaceful way and a respectful way, but they got their point across," said Katherine Potter, Gwyneth's mom.

The school district said they support their students' freedom of speech as long as it isn't disruptive, and they won't face any further punishment.

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