At 8 a.m. sharp, just hours after Donald J.Trump was declared president-elect, the hallways at Harrisburg High’s Sci-Tech Campus were buzzing. There were tears, but also a few subtle nods in approval of the results. But mostly the students expressed their deep desire for Americans here in Pennsylvania and around the country to come together.
So we asked students — What would that take? Did they see Trump as their president? Will he be able to heal a divided nation. Here’s what they said:
“When he gave his first speech after he became President[-elect] … how humbling he became. It was like a switch turned on. He won’t be as mean and nasty as he was before. He actually just wants to help our country. And he will be the president that we need him to be.” - Ahmya Woodyard, 16
“Everyone is really afraid of what Donald Trump could do as president. Just being divided, that’s the biggest problem right now.” - Ahmir Cy Edmonds, 16
“I am still shaken up by the results. It still hasn’t hit me yet. But, last night I had so much anxiety, you know, from the poll numbers rising up and down. Hillary is in the lead and then Trump is in the lead. But now, it’s clear that Trump has won.” - Faridatou Issiako, 18
“In my opinion, I don’t think Trump can do anything to unite the country or the people as a whole, because his campaign … He literally split people more and more apart. He’s not what I would want in a president at all.” - Destiny Perez, 17