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Demonstrators disrupt Walker's Seuss reading

By   /   August 26, 2011  /   11 Comments

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.


  • Bobbi

    All I can say is keep it up folks, you just energize the rest of us with your antics. Those of us who actually support our Governor as I do. I hope when the vandals get caught, and they will, that they will be prosecuted as felons. Glueing doors shut is not a minor incident!

  • Kathryn

    Larry Miller, a member of the MPS Board of Directors, stated that “people were working”….does that mean that the protesters were being paid by the union to march, carry signs and chant?

    When these people are screaming that children have a “RIGHT TO AN EDUCATION” and that screaming disrupts a SCHOOL, aren’t those people taking that RIGHT from those children??? Or, do children only have the RIGHT to the INFERIOR education offerred by MPS????!!!!????

  • patricia steward

    I agree with Bobbi. Keep it up until you end up in prison. You’re followers of the Devil and not of God. If it’s not done your way, you act like a mob of spoiled brats. Very immature and certainly not good for the State.

  • patricia steward

    I like the guy saying ‘Summer Day…. people have nothing to do where do they go they go to protest Scott Walker. ‘ He must be a teacher because everyone else is at work!! The rest of us have to work 12 months out of year, thank you!!

  • SunnyJ

    We are seeing what life would be like with the progressive left perpetually demonstrating their version of democracy…which is always al about them, and no one else. So, yes, keep it up. Your over reach and non stop acting out is the best statement that could be made about who these people are and should they be your government. I have to tell you, I’ve seen them up close and personal at several events, and because I am a teacher and union member that was recently freed from slavery by forced dues payment by Gov Walker and those that voted with him…the more I see of this, the more certain I am that the infantilizing of citizens through the progressive/marxist nanny state has come to its end as we see the final product at work here. Gov Walker is showing incredible patience and doing the right thing by just putting his head down and working harder. The best revenge is success! Gov Walkers success and the success of Wisconsin says it all.

  • Lavon

    Governor Walker: Thank you so much (AGAIN) for putting a stop to “the train” to no where. You are doing the job we voted you as Governor to do and are very satisfied with your policies and efforts. We live outside the Madison area but shop in Madison at least once every 2 to 3 weeks. We have heard the saying that Madisonians think they make up the complete state of Wisconsin by their actions, political and other wise. We now understand what that means since the last elections as front seat observers. Liberalism is NOT PRODUCTIVE, as in going forward to better the people/state, but works hard to be COUNTER PRODUCTIVE in every way possible. We see and hear malicious mischief and malice coming from people in and around Madison. Some of this is union instigated which is proving to be to the unions detrement. As the saying goes, “You can fool some of the people some of the time, but……..”

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  • Lynnda

    The good news is that antics like this are swaying more and more people in the “middle” that the left is nuts. That’s great for us tea party types who have been ahead of the game. School board people present at a SCHOOL to protest… goof balls of the highest order. MSP is threatened by a school that actually gets results.

  • Lynette Blaser

    You are right on the money!

  • John41

    The children these people teach are more adult than they are. I crack up when I see teachers being interviewed on TV or are carrying a sign that says “For the Kids,” or will tell you the quality of education will go down because of Walkers actions. Does that mean they will provide a lesser quality of education to the students, because they have to pay their fair share. They do quite well financially, for those who only work part time. Wisconsin has opened the door nationally, with Governor Walkers actions, which has the big union bosses fearing they will be out of work, when this becomes a nation wide trend. Back in the 30’s and 40’s unions a a place, but those days are gone and this is their reality check. We are fortunate we have a Governor with the guts to stand up and do right. My wife is a public employee and this law affects us, but so be it, we all have to help. She loses the same percentage and works all year.

  • Gloria

    Wow! Just found this while I was searching for the story of Walker’s campaign smear and the way he gathered the school’s paper and threw them all away to prevent others from reading about what he did. I have to say, with the recall antics, it looks like his M.O. hasn’t changed.

    Anyway, back to this piece of CRAP that is pretending to be “journalism”… I haven’t read anything as biased or condemning in ages! This was written as if the vandalism has been PROVEN to be that of the protesters. And it has not. This is also written in a way that makes Walker look so sweet & innocent. And he is not. This entire story is garbage! Which is the reason, I suppose, it is signed as being authored by simply “By Wisconsin Reporter”. I mark it as TRASH, disguised as “journalism”. #FAIL