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One person arrested during student protest at Midland H.S. football game

A silent protest held prior to the Midland versus Dow football game. (Photo: Jesse Gonzales/WEYI/WSMH)

MIDLAND, Mich. - A silent protest held prior to the Midland versus Dow football game was interrupted with arrest Friday night.

Students for Social Justice of Midland linking arms under the scoreboard during the anthem.

The group originally planning to kneel but changed plans in a hope to have a more direct message.

In a letter released earlier this week the group say "the intention of this silent protest is extremely transparent: to stand in unity to support equality and bring to light the racial injustices faced by people of color in this world."

Christine Streu was walked out of the Midland football game tonight in handcuffs.

Police say she was trespassing, Streu said she has a ticket and had a right to be at the game.

"They have the right I applaud them for speaking their mind I really do I think their message is getting lost I think they are creating drama when the goal is to say yes there is racism."

The group was joined in support by members of the Women of Michigan Action Network.

None of the student protestors planned to take a knee during the national anthem, instead, they linked arms in silence.

None of the student protestors would talk to us on camera tonight but said in a written statement the silent protest was to stand in unity to support equality and bring to light the racial injustices faced by people of color in the world.

"I think its better than kneeling, they can protest, good for them, but I like to honor our flag and the people that fought for it," said Midland fan Joe Walco.


Members of local veteran organizations offered a counter protest, standing under the flag in salute and passed out flags to fans in attendance.

Midland police offered extra security for the game after the group received multiple threats.

One woman, a a counter protester, was arrested following the anthem after she refused to leave when asked by police.



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