CNU students hold peaceful anti-Trump protest

Nov. 22, 2016 (Photo courtesy: Laura Caso)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – Students at Christopher Newport University held a peaceful protest on campus Tuesday afternoon.

They are protesting what they call President-elect Donald Trump’s hateful rhetoric. The organizer says their goal is to spread love, not hate, and to show solidarity with those who they say Trump targeted on the campaign trail.

Hilton Farmer is a senior at CNU. He says he decided to put the peaceful protest together.

“We just want to encourage the administration to do more when reacting to the presidential election,” said Farmer. “And, we feel like a lot students feel marginalized and are in fear and we want to make sure this campus is safe place for people to feel included and accepted.”

This protest was organized by students, not the university. A spokesman for CNU, however, told WAVY News the university encourages students to voice their opinions.

Vice President of Student Affairs Kevin Hughes says the peaceful protest is an example of what students are passionate about.

“A letter was sent out to students, faculty and staff,” said Hughes. “It affirmed that we are an inclusive place and that we want students to remember that and we want faculty to remember that we want staff to remember that. And, it comes from the Board of Visitors statement on discrimination.”

WAVY’s Laura Caso will have more on the message the organizer of the protest hopes the university will send to students. Watch her live coverage beginning on WAVY News 10 at 4.