KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Gov. Jay Nixon says he understands the concerns of Kansas City students who walked out a speech he was giving in an apparent protest of the police shooting in Ferguson.
Nixon was talking Thursday at Lincoln College Preparatory Academy when a handful of students raised their hands over their heads in a gesture associated with the Ferguson protests. The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/14SjtcS) reports that the students then left through an auditorium door without disrupting the speech.
Nixon was at Lincoln to recognize its status as a National Blue Ribbon School, one of the nation's top awards for academic excellence.
Nixon says the students "are going to be -- and need to be -- a force, so that we can be a better state and better society after this."
Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com