Students protest plans for subway under their school
LOS ANGELES — Hundreds of Beverly Hills students, teachers and parents gathered in Will Rogers Memorial Park on Friday morning to protest the route of the Westside subway, which is slated to run beneath the city’s high school.
Students who received a signed permission slip from their parents left the district’s five schools Friday morning and arrived on more than a dozen school buses.
Some students as young as 6 clutched bag lunches and juice boxes. Others held signs that read, “President Trump, you can fix it!” and “Move over, Metro.”
The 2.59-mile subway route is the second of three extensions planned to connect the subway’s current terminus in Koreatown and West Los Angeles. The $2.53 billion route has $1.5 billion in funding from federal officials and the remainder is funded through local sales taxes.
Students called on President Donald Trump to order a change in the route or withdraw the project’s federal funding, saying tunneling beneath the high school could spark a methane explosion at one of the dozens of oil wells on campus.