UPDATE: Anti-Abortion Protesters Hold Signs Outside Perry Hall High

Two protesters gathered outside the school between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. Friday.

UPDATE (Oct. 5, 3:29 p.m.)—Two anti-abortion protesters demonstrated outside Perry Hall High School on Friday morning, assistant principal Stephen Arnold confirmed.

Between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m., standing on a public sidewalk near the school's entrance, they held signs showing aborted fetuses, according to Arnold.

"I think the protesters are there to get a reaction—so they're going to show pictures to get a reaction," he said.

They interacted with some students and community members, but no incidents were reported. The school's on-duty school resource officers verified that the protesters had a permit to demonstrate. They were not, however, required to warn the school in advance of their demonstration, according to Arnold.

He said they appeared to be part of the same group that demonstrated outside the school in February.

County Councilman David Marks said he had several concerns related to the demonstration.

"I am personally pro-life and I certainly support freedom of speech, but I wonder why this group selects schools and I worry about the safety of motorists distracted by these protesters," Marks said.

"Also, quite candidly, we in Perry Hall have had enough reminders lately of the importance of human life," he added.

Dennis M. Robinson, Jr., president of the Perry Hall Improvement Association, also released a personal statement on Friday. 

"I am not weighing in on the issue of abortion. To be clear, I fully support and value the right of free speech we enjoy as Americans. The same right of free speech that permits protesters to display graphic images to high school students also permits me to say that I think their conduct is grossly distasteful to say the least," Robinson stated. "If they want to engage in that activity, I think they should go elsewhere. Let our high school students, who have been through enough this year, focus on learning."

Do you think this type of demonstration is appropriate outside of a school? Tell us in the comments.

patricia smith October 08, 2012 at 05:15 PM
i'm not understanding why i'm feeling attacked . . . as i've commented more than once, I DON'T AGREE, NOR HAVE I EVER . . . . I'VE NEVER, nor would i EVER demonstrate ANYWHERE like the westboro church has done . . . there's some kind of misunderstanding here . . seems to me my comments are falling on deaf ears . . . oh, well . . .
patricia smith October 08, 2012 at 05:30 PM
for the very last time (wondering now if they can read, I'M NOT IN A GROUP - I WOULD NEVER EVER STOOP TO SUCH TACTICS AS WESTBORO IS PARTICIPATING IN . . . oh, well . . . i'm exhausted trying to defend crisis pregnancy centers and myself . . .
John Doe October 08, 2012 at 05:31 PM
...and there lies the problem...
Evets October 08, 2012 at 05:57 PM
I figured...
ammieoakley October 16, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Westboro often protests outside of a main gate to Fort Bragg and there are assigned soldiers standing by to protect them from the passerby. No soldier wants that task, but they know they promised to uphold the ideals of the US. Recently Westboro protested at a friend's funeral and the amount of people, including the Patriot Guard quietly standing in formation around the church to block the family members from view of the Westboro folks was amazing. I do not see how you can compare the two. The folks from Westboro are mocking and disrespecting a life given selflessly for our country. Do I think it is right to protest abortion with horrific pictures? No, not necessarily. However, I do think about the amount of girls that got abortions when I was a student at PHHS less than 10 years ago and can't help but wonder if they would have still made that choice today. In a world where people seem to teach their kids that people and relationships are disposable, no wonder the divorce rate and amount of abortions are so high. And not every kid is having sex. Some parents still instill some strong values and morals in their kids. It's not the school's job to teach our kids about birth control. It's ours. And why are the pictures so shocking and disgusting if abortion is a perfectly acceptable practice?


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