Dozens of Notre Dame students walked out in protest during Vice President Mike Pence's commencement address at the university on Sunday. The walk-out, organized by a student group called "We StaND For," was documented live on Periscope.
We StaND For issued its call for a walk out on Twitter last Monday. "Mike Pence's policies target the most vulnerable groups in our society," the group wrote. "Consider showing solidarity with these groups by joining" the walk-out.
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— We StaND For (@WeStandForND) May 16, 2017
The group tweeted out a Periscope video of the walk-out, documenting students standing and quietly departing as Pence took the stage.
— We StaND For (@WeStandForND) May 21, 2017
Before departing, the students could be heard discussing whether or not to walk out. "I think I want to stay and boo," one quipped. Indeed, as the students walked out, loud booing could be heard from the audience.
Rob Bennett, the Creative Communications Director for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D.), tweeted out more footage of the students walking out shortly thereafter.
SEE IT: Dozens of Notre Dame students walk out in the middle of VP Pence's commencement address. pic.twitter.com/AXb6Ivaysw
— Rob Bennett (@rob_bennett) May 21, 2017
As of the day of the commencement, 140 had RSVPed as "going" on the walk-out's official Facebook event.
Pence is the first Vice President of the United States to address Notre Dame.