Students at a Bronx high school said they would stage a walkout rather than be present for a visit from GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz, who, according to them, is “misogynistic, homophobic, and racist.”
Cruz planned to visit the Bronx Lighthouse College Preparatory Academy in New York this Wednesday, but the visit was cancelled after students addressed their problems with the candidate to the school’s principal.
“A group of students will be leaving during 4th period, as act of civil disobedience in regards to the arrival of Ted Cruz to BLCPA. We have all considered the consequences of our actions and are willing to accept them,” the students wrote in a letter. “The presence of Ted Cruz and the ideas he stands for are offensive. His views are against ours and are actively working to harm us, our community, and the people we love.”
"He is misogynistic, homophobic, & racist": The full letter Bronx high school students sent to faculty about Cruz. pic.twitter.com/BWSBIjw1gh
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After passing on the letter to he CEO of Lighthouse Academies, the principal got the cancellation of Cruz’s visit approved.
“I believe that I would not have been able to get the visit cancelled without your actions,” principal Alix Duggins said.
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