(AZCENTRAL) — Ten students walked out of class Monday morning at Buckeye Union High School, protesting after the school last week banned a sophomore girl from wearing a Black Lives Matter T-shirt.
"Stand up, fight back," the students said as they left the school.
Mariah Havard and nine others were greeted outside by representatives of several civil-rights organizations who spoke in support of the students' action. Havard decided to make a statement last week by wearing the T-shirt for the school's picture day — school officials had told her she couldn't wear the shirt again, and a vice principal made her change into a white shirt, she said.
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"We're not trying to start a race war. We're trying to end one," Buckeye student Genesis Santoyo, a friend of Havard, said.