Beaverton Teen Talk: We Are Strong and We *Will* Be Okay

By Abigayle Horn (Grade 12)12-abigayle-horn

November 8th brought very interesting feelings to the entire world. What was an expected win for one was a literal win for another. No matter what party or side you were on there was always that possibility that the other would win and most weren’t ready to accept defeat. The results were clear: Donald J Trump has won the presidential election.

After properly campaigning and connecting to the majority of the United States of America, he had done what most hadn’t thought possible. When he won he gave a speech where he said: “I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be President for all of Americans, and this is so important to me.”

Through this speech he seemed to try to make amends for anything he had said before, for anything that had offended people in the past and while most were satisfied there was a lot of turmoil just outside. Both Hillary and Obama have said that they hope Trump will be the best for the Americans but people in Portland aren’t so sure.

Oregon was a pro-Hillary state, and when people heard the news they took to the streets in protest. For six days now protesters have been in the streets, forcing the department of transportation to shut down parts of the highway and stalling the Tri-met systems throughout the city. Protesting is very serious and has been used to show disdain for the decisions in the government. We’ve protested for Wars and for our Veterans and now we protest the 45th president of the United States.

If you decide to protest in the coming days please remain safe. The police are trying to protect everybody but on the first Friday of November the protests were listed as riots and somebody was shot. Remain safe and remain peaceful. We are strong and we will be okay.

About Abigayle: I am a senior at Health and Science High School. I was born in Germany but raised in the U.S. Fighting for what you believe in is really important to me, but violence is not the best way to get things done. I plan on going to college and getting two PhD’s to become a Wildlife Conservationist and an Astronomer later in life. I loving learning and hope to keep learning my entire life.