By Wisconsin Reporter
MILWAUKEE — The anti-Walker protest movement is kicking it up a notch.
Protesters on Friday hoisted “Recall Walker” signs and chanted outside Messmer Preparatory School in Milwaukee, where Walker was slated to read Dr. Seuss’ "Oh! The Places You’ll Go" to elementary school students.
Just hours ahead of Walker’s visit, vandals destroyed locks at the Catholic school, said school officials.
Jacob Flom, of the Milwaukee Students for a Democratic Society, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he did not know who vandalized the property, but he did say Walker opponents would bring the protest to the governor, wherever he goes.
"We're not going to let him go anywhere, especially in our community, without him being protested," he told the newspaper. The society is a liberal organization of students and youth who advocate against war and for education rights, according to its website.
In a statement released Friday morning to FOX6 News in Milwaukee, Messmer President the Rev. Bob Smith said the Catholic school's mission is to educate students and instill values.
“We teach our students to respect adults and individuals they disagree with. Our students work hard and succeed. There are no gimmicks or tricks here, just a focus on traditional values,” Smith said in the statement.
The Republican Party of Wisconsin issued a statement attacking the vandalism and the protests as "the latest glimpse into the distorted tactics of the left."
The GOP noted Friday's incidents follow a demonstration in June, when protesters disrupted Walker during a Special Olympics ceremony. Walker's comments to Wisconsin State Fair-goers earlier this month also was disrupted by demonstrators.
Despite the vandalism and the protests, Walker went ahead with the reading as scheduled.
Following his session with the students, Walker told reporters the demonstrators have the right to protest, but they don't have the right to destroy property.
Police late Friday afternoon said they had video surveillance of a lone subject entering the building at 11:30 p.m. Thursday, according to news accounts.
The MacIver Institute captured this video of the protests and conducted interviews with Messmer's Smith.