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Latino students at a North Carolina high school are outraged at a prank played by some Donald Trump-supporting classmates.
The pranksters were granted permission to enter McDowell High School on Wednesday and build what they called a “Trump wall” of cardboard boxes while they were supervised by a teacher, according to WLOS.
The students posted a picture to Instagram of the wall with the caption “‘We built the wall first.”
It was removed before classes began on Thursday but two Latino students, Marta Guardian and Johnny Campos, didn’t find the humor in it, WLOS reported.
“I’m proud of where I’m from,” Guardian told WLOS.
“I’m proud to be a Mexican-American because I was born here. I was taught here. I learned about American culture, but I never left my roots,” she said.
“Some kids are left alone here because their parents are illegal, and their kids are left here because they are legal and their parents get deported,” Guardian continued. “They separate families. That is not OK.”
Campos released a statement to WLOS that read as follows:
I am the president of the Hispanic Youth Club.
After this incident was brought to my attention, I asked to meet with our principal, Mr. Spivey.
It was a very productive meeting and I believe Mr. Spivey will handle this in a way that helps everyone begin to repair relationships.
McDowell High School is a great place, and I want the Class of 2016 to be known for building bridges for a better tomorrow – not judged by the insensitive actions of a few people.
Principal Edwin Spivey told WLOS that the pranksters asked to put a Trump logo on the wall but were told they could not.
Spivey met with Guardian and Campos after the incident and apologized.
School district spokesman Brian Oliver said the students in the photo would not face any disciplinary action.
“In viewing the actual photo and what took place, there’s not anything offensive in the photo,” he said. “There was no offensive activity at the time.”
“What became offensive or concerning was what took place on social media afterwards,” Oliver continued. “So, it’s hard for the school to have control or to take action against something that happened on social media that was outside school hours and outside any school network.”
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