Highland, East students walk out of class to protest DACA decision

Students from Highland and East high schools in Bakersfield, Calif., on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, in Bakersfield, Calif., protest the president's decision to end the DACA program. (KBAK/KBFX photo/Octavio Flores)

Students from Highland and East high schools walked out of class Thursday to protest the president's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

President Donald Trump is rescinding the program, created by his predecessor, but is giving Congress six months to take action.

Nearly 800,000 immigrants have obtained temporary work permits and deportation protections via DACA.

The students gathered at Mall View Road and Mt. Vernon for their rally.

Students said they left school to learn what they couldn't in the classroom.

"Most teachers will not educate us about this," said Jackson Opie, a Highland student.

A parent who marched with her kids said she supports the walkout.

"They should be in school, but they have a right as U.S. Americans to stand up for their brothers and sisters," said Shanon Black.

Many of the students were there to support family and friends who face uncertainty.

"Some of us cry ourselves to sleep because were scared of what our future in America could be like," said Opie. "This is supposed to be the home for everybody."

Eyewitness News reached out to the Kern High School District to see if students will be punished for leaving class, but we have not heard back.

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