Santa Monica Observer - Community, Diversity, Sustainability and other Overused Words

By Samuel Alioto
Observer Staff Writer 

Antonio Shelton Raps with SamoHi Students About the Election of President Donald Trump

Students Take to the Streets to Protest the Fact that Democracy Will Continue in America


November 14, 2016

Antonio Shelton addressed hurt feelings in Santa Monica as SamoHi Students confront the reality that Americans in general, don't think like them. calls the election of Donald Trump Tuesday night "the biggest political upset in US History."

Santa Monica residents and others reacted with surprise, since after all, Democratic Nominee Hillary Clinton won California's electoral votes by more than 3%. Mrs. Clinton consistently out polled Mr. Trump by 4 or 5%, so his election has been described as then biggest surprise in American presidential elections since "Dewey Defeats Truman" headline in 1948.

More about that local reaction: "You may have seen an unconfirmed story regarding a possible hate crime incident involving a "Chris Ball" alleging he was assaulted in Santa Monica on election night, November 8, by "Trump Supporters," writes SMPD Public Information Of cer Lt. Saul Rodriguez, in a press release.

"The Santa Monica Police Department and the City of Santa Monica have not received any information indicating this crime occurred in the City of Santa Monica. We encourage the alleged victim to come forward and work

with us if a crime did in fact take place. A check of local hospitals revealed there was no victim of any such incident admitted or treated as well," he said.

Antonio Shelton addressed hurt feelings in Santa Monica as SamoHi Students confronted the reality that Americans in general, don't think like they do. Heavens! The hurt feelings.

Santa Monica High School principal Antonio Shelton called parents by robot to leave the following message, apparently wanting to be very clear about what he did or did not say after the election: "Yesterday, several hundred students left classes and gathered at the Greek Amphitheater on to protest their disappointment with the election for President. The students were chatting and speaking to each other and to administrators and staff, who encouraged students to share their feelings, while keeping

calm," said Shelton.

"Coordinator Rob Howard and our ASB President, and I, addressed the group, acknowledging their feelings and encouraged these students to go back to class to share their thoughts and discuss in smaller groups. I provided teachers with some suggested dialogue points, so the students could freely share their thoughts and concerns in class."

"Please continue to have conversations about the election with your

students sons and daughters. We are much better together than we are divided. Have a wonderful day and go Vikings."

I do hope Shelton realizes how offensive the word "Vikings" is to people of Swedish background, who prefer the term "Native Scandinavians." Just kidding.


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