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3/31/06-Tyler

East Texans React To Student Protest

Along the more than 4 mile long protest, the group drew quite a crowd. Some East Texans disagreed with the students, while others respected their right to voice their opinion.

"I heard this hooting and hollering and I decided to come over. Actually I'm kind excited that people in Tyler are involved enough they will come out and say something about their beliefs," says Natalie Fletcher, spectator.

"I feel that citizens have a right to protest according to our constitution peacefully protest and not disturb the public. However, I think students should be in school and I don't think it looks real well for them to leave their educational back ground. I don't think it represents them well," says Reverend Benjamin Horne, spectator

"I think it is a good thing because it's showing their spirit and they are showing that they have parents that are immigrants," says Diana Cortez, spectator.

One student protester began the march with hundreds of her classmates, but then decided to leave. She said the message was unclear.

"They are just saying Mexico, Mexico and that tells me they don't know what is going on. They say they are not going anywhere so they should be carrying American flags. I'm carrying an American flag because I want to stay here," says Amy Garza, protester who changed her mind.

Amy was not alone, there was a mix today of both a sea of green, and red white and blue.

Karolyn Davis, reporting. kdavis@kltv.com

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