Ted Cruz had a very rough day in the Big Apple on Wednesday. Earlier in the day a protester called him out during an event in the Bronx for being an anti-immigrant climate change denier, and then he ended up having to cancel an appearance at a New York high school because the students were so against him and his conservative anti-immigrant message that they threatened to walk out in protest if he showed up.
The Republican presidential hopeful was scheduled to speak at Bronx Lighthouse College Preparatory Academy in the Bronx, but students there successfully put a stop to it before it even began by writing a letter to their principal asking for the event to be cancelled.
According to Destiny Domeneck, a 16-year-old student at the school, the students were uncomfortable with Cruz’s anti-immigrant positions and threatened to organize a walkout.
“We told her if he came here, we would schedule a walkout. Most of us are immigrants or come from immigrant backgrounds. Ted Cruz goes against everything our school stands for,” said Domeneck.
They communicated their stance to Lighthouse Principal Alix Duggins through a letter, which read in part:
A group of students will be leaving during 4th period, as (an) 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 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.
The letter also called Cruz out for being “misogynistic, homophobic, and racist.”
This is not the first time students have had a problem with a GOP candidates visiting their school with a message of hate. Students at the University of Illinois-Chicago began a petition that garnered tens of thousands of signatures calling for the institution to cancel a rally for Donald Trump, which the school refused to do. Protests at the event grew so large that Trump himself cancelled the event at the last minute, citing bogus security concerns.
Duggins response was commendable and shows how a true educator should respond to concerns like this from students.
Your points are eloquently argued — in fact, so eloquently argued that upon reading your email, Khori Whittaker, the CEO of Lighthouse Academies has agreed to cancel the visit,” Duggins replied.
“I’d like to commend you and the other students for your commitment to your beliefs and values. I believe that I would not have been able to get the visit cancelled without your actions.
The students’ letter is pictured below in its’ entirety, courtesy of NY Daily News.
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