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Here's why people are wearing safety pins after the presidential election

People are wearing safety pins to let others know they can find safety should they feel in danger after the presidential election (Sinclair Broadcast Group)

As protests continue across the country, some people are choosing to show solidarity with a symbol after president-elect Donald Trump was chosen in the latest presidential election.

They're doing that with a safety pin.

People are wearing them to mark themselves as a safe space for people who feel in danger as a result of the election.

Celebrities like Debra Messing promoted the practice, noting the practice's emergence following the Brexit vote in the U.K.

"In a big city like London, or even in someplace smaller like a grocery store, or a coffee shop, we're all just strangers to one another," she wrote on Twitter.

"It can be difficuult for all of us to either reach out for help or offer help. A symbol as simple as a safety pin can be an imporant first step in showing solidarity and support for people who are scared and upset at this time."

#Safetypin soon trended online.

The message comes after video showed students at a technology school in York, Pa. walking through the hallways holding a Trump sign, yelling "white power."

According to WHP-TV, the students involved in the incident were expelled. On Friday, students protested the video outside their school.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf released a statement, calling the incident "overt racism."

"I am contacting Mayor Bracey and Superintendent Rona Kaufmann, and I have directed the Pennsylvania Department of Education to immediately dispatch resources to York County School of Technology and any school experiencing these type of vitriolic actions. The Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Pennsylvania Human Rights Commission are working directly with York County School of Technology to develop a plan to address racist and hateful behavior in the school that can be implemented immediately to ensure that all students feel safe in their school. PDE is also deploying a crisis management team to the school to assist with implementing necessary interventions designed to diffuse potentially disruptive situations."

People participating in the #safetypin movement said they were not anti-Trump, instead insisting they were "pro-acceptance & pro-unity."

"If you think it's anything different YOU are why we wear it," one Twitter user wrote.


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