On Walkout Day, Chicago teens march out of class to ‘protest gun violence’… and trash a Walmart

So much for having the moral high ground.

What began as pro-gun control protests turned into vandalism when students from a Chicago high school entered a local Walmart during Wednesday’s nationwide Walkout Day, Fox 32 reports.

According to police, the teenagers who left the aisles of a Walmart on Chicago’s South Side were students at Simeon Career Academy who were allowed to leave class for 17 minutes to participate in the school walkouts in support of gun control.

Between 40 and students rushed into the store, knocking over product displays, opening boxes, and shoplifting snack foods.

Alderman Howard Brookins, who helped bring Walmart to the area, decried the vandalism.

“We’ve worked too hard to try to get these national retailers here in our community. And this doesn’t help us. It makes no sense to tear up the community which you call home.”

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A representative for Chicago Public schools told Fox 32:

“We are very concerned by these allegations and we are reviewing the matter.”

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A Walmart employee who witnessed the incident told Red Elephant gunshots were heard, and that the students were armed with smoke bombs.

“These guys jacked up our store pretty good. They pounced on cars in the lot, Vandalized two of the school busses parked there , threw Gatorade bottles at shoppers, Smoke bombs, and we heard gun shots in the parking lot.”

A Facebook user who filmed the aftermath of the rampage said “This was the students from Simeon High School.”

Chicago police said they are reviewing “high quality” video surveillance to identify the vandals.

Red Elephant shared high definition photographs of the vandalism.

In a similar incident, city law enforcement are also trying to identify a group of Chicago teenagers who assaulted a man walking down the street, as captured in a video that has been making rounds on Twitter.

A spokesman told Fox 32 the perpetrators will face misdemeanor charges and school discipline.


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