Beverly Hills Students Continue Protest Against Metro Subway Tunnel
Posted Monday, October 15, 2018 – 5:28 pm
By Laura Coleman
Beverly Hills Unified School District (BHUSD) students have no intention of slowing down on their push to get President Donald Trump to stop the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) from running a subway tunnel under Beverly Hills High School (BHHS).
Following Friday’s student-led walkout outside Trump’s Beverly Hills home, where 1,400 students tried to alert the president to the fact that the subway tunnel will travel through fields of methane and abandoned oil wells, student leaders are poised to continue their crusade, in full support of the BHUSD administration.
“Metro’s Purple Line extension under our high school poses a risk to our students’ health and safety,” said BHHS senior Sean Toobi, this year’s student Board of Education member and one of the organizers of last Friday’s student-led walkout at Will Rogers Memorial Park.
Almost 1,700 people, including 100 BHUSD staff members and 1,400 3rd through 12th graders from all five Beverly Hills public schools, attended Friday’s protests.
To complete Metro’s Purple Line Extension as currently planned, the subway tunnel must run beneath BHHS, where it will travel through scores of abandoned oil wells, many of which had once sucked resources from the land only to be crudely plugged up when the vein ran dry.
In addition to having sparked widespread concerns from students, scientists and the community at large as to weather being above a methane explosion is a safe place to be, BHHS students leading the push have expressed concern about noise vibrations and other pollutants that come from building a subway tunnel and staging for one.
“This is not a matter of who’s right and who’s wrong. This is not a matter of right versus left,” Toobi told the Courier. “Students walked out on Friday because we don’t want to be worried about our health rather than focusing on our education.”