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Milpitas High Principal Placed on Leave After Profanity Use at Anti-Trump Walkout

Educator used an expletive directed at the president-elect during a student protest on campus

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    Milpitas High School's principal was placed on administrative leave Thursday after he used profanity directed at President-elect Donald Trump during a student walkout at the campus. Rick Boone reports. (Published Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016)

    Milpitas High School's principal was placed on administrative leave Thursday after he used profanity directed at President-elect Donald Trump during a student walkout at the campus.

    According to the Mercury News, about 250 students walked out of class at around 11 a.m. Thursday to protest the election of Trump, and Principal Phil Morales arranged for the students to be directed to the football field, the Mercury News said.

    Morales told the newspaper he was alerted in the morning about the students’ plan and notified administrators and the Milpitas Police Department.

    Morales led the discussion at the field and ended the speech with a profanity directed at Trump that was caught and shared by a student on Twitter.

    One unidentified student told NBC Bay Area the principal was being encouraged by the gathering, many chanting "Say it, say it," before Morales blurted out the expletive. Everyone cheered the moment, the student said, adding that their emotions got the best of them.

    The Milpitas High School walkout was among several in the Bay Area and across the nation. Multiple schools in Contra Costa County, where there were assaults and arrests, and San Francisco staged walkouts protesting the election of Trump to the White House. 

    The Milpitas Unified School District did not return calls requesting comments about Morales' discipline.

    The school is closed Friday for Veteran's Day. Classes will resume Monday.

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