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Portland students rally to protest message behind 'Build a Wall' banner

TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Students from Portland schools left class and rallied Monday, May 23, at City Hall to protest a 'build-a-wall' banner hung last week at Forest Grove High School.More than 200 students from Portland schools walked out Monday and marched to City Hall, protesting a crude “Build a Wall” banner that sparked outrage last week at Forest Grove High School.

TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Portland students rallied at City Hall May 23 to counter a message sent last week when a student draped a 'build-a-wall' at Forest Grove High School.Students from across the Portland district held a rally May 23 at Pioneer Courthouse Square and then marched several blocks to City Hall, where they rallied again in support of students in Forest Grove. A similar rally with about 100 people was held Sunday afternoon in a rainy Pioneer Courthouse Square.

On May 18, the “Build a Wall” banner draped on a wall at Forest Grove High School was taken down within minutes. Outrage spread, and by the morning of May 19, Forest Grove students walked out of class to protest the banner and its message. A third of Forest Grove High’s 1,900 students walked out at 10 a.m. and marched on Main Street to the school administration building, waving Mexican and American flags and banners.

"Build a Wall" refers to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s promise to build a wall along the United States' southern border to keep out illegal immigrants. The banner was made of separate sheets of copier paper strung together, each with a letter spray painted on it in red.

TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Portland students began their May 23 protest at Pioneer Courthouse Square and marched to City Hall.T

TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Portland students marched through downtown Portland May 23 to protest the message behind a 'build-a-wall' banner hung at Forest Grove High School.