Simeon high school students decided to trash a local Walmart during National School Walkout protests last week.
Chicago police are now trying to identify between 40 to 60 students who took part in the crime. They are accused of trashing parts of the store, knocking over product displays, yanking items off the shelves, breaking packages, and stealing small items such as chips and candy.
“These guys jacked up our store pretty good,” a Walmart employee told The Red Elephants. “They pounced on cars in the lot, vandalized two of the school buses parked there, threw Gatorade bottles at shoppers, smoke bombs, and we heard gun shots in the parking lot.”
Simeon high school students organized the event.
“When we came outside, and we thought we had 50 people behind us, and the whole school poured out, we stopped for a minute right in front of the school and we was like ‘We did this,'” said Simeon junior Tijonae Middleton told ABC 7 Chicago. “We are so powerful.”
Some students are upset with the troublemakers for turning a positive event into a negative headline.
“When I heard about what actually happened when we got back inside the school, third or fourth period, I was very upset,” Simeon junior Nerica Johnson. “Like the videos we put out on social media got no recognition but Walmart videos got 400 plus shares in 15 minutes.”
Student activists are planning a community service project in response to the vandalism.