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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.

John Doe October 07, 2012 at 06:20 PM
JD1 - you tell Mike Lurz to "Keep your CAPS in check", but say "Free speech can get ugly" right before in another post. That is his freedom of speech. GET YOUR STORY STRAIGHT - JUST TELLING IT LIKE IT IS...
patricia smith October 07, 2012 at 06:36 PM
to perryhallparent, john doe, and whoever else cares to hear/see the truth, as a former counselor in a pro-life crisis pregnancy center dealing with a population who make appointments not only for free pregnancy tests, free resources, free maternity/ baby clothes, formula, etc., but also help with post abortion stress/regrets, i can assure you that we are not losers . . .the aborted innocents (babies) are the losers, and the nightmarish facts are true; ask anyone who's gone through the procedure; you can ask them years from now because the pain and regret follow you . . . and to think that some endure multiple abortions, which can lead to infertility, suicidal ideation . . .just a thought . . .
PerryHallParent October 07, 2012 at 06:41 PM
You know what patricia smith? I know the truth. I am pro-life (for myself, I don't have the right to expect others to be; that's their business if they believe a certain way), have several children and experienced the loss of two children by miscarriage. However, you actually spoke in your message here and expressed your feelings. More people would actually respect you for this type of rhetoric and be open to discussion than exposing toddlers and children to pictures of bloody fetuses. I experienced quite a bit of pain, regret, grief and depression after the loss of my babies through miscarriage, so, just a thought. Try actually interacting with people instead of offending them for a change. People who hold up those signs are in the same, exact category as the Westboro Church protestors.
patricia smith October 07, 2012 at 07:01 PM
perryhallparent, john doe, etc - i commented I DO NOT AGREE WITH, NOR DO I CONDONE westboro church's methods/ tactics . . . that's why i (thought) i carefully worded my comment . . . and i'm aware of several miscarriages and 1 stillbirth in my immediate family . . . and yes, i feel much pain for each . . .(i'm a grandmom)
patricia smith October 07, 2012 at 07:05 PM
thank you, Gods girl . . .
John Doe October 07, 2012 at 07:15 PM
I shouldn't have called them a name like 'losers'. Name calling is wrong. I will now call them "nightmare producers to young children", "selfish individuals who could have helped out at a homeless shelter that morning between 7 & 8 AM", "able-bodied citizens causing extended grief through pictures to those who have lost a child not by choice."
patricia smith October 07, 2012 at 07:17 PM
JD1 - i agree
patricia smith October 07, 2012 at 07:20 PM
how true - the truth & ugliness should be included . . .
patricia smith October 07, 2012 at 07:21 PM
so true!
patricia smith October 07, 2012 at 07:23 PM
YUUUP!
PerryHallParent October 07, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Well, if you don't condone their tactics, let's compare. Abortion protest outside Perry Hall High School: holding signs up showing shocking photos and statements...check; using a high profile establishment and high traffic area to garner interest in your (sickening) giant photos of bloodied fetuses (which we do not know as a fact are pictures of aborted fetuses)...check; justifying said actions and even going so far as to say that you don't condone the Westboro Church's tactics, although you do the same...check. Give me a break. No one agrees with you. If you feel the pain and you are a grandmom...shame on you. Try educating people with love and kindness, not blood and gore. I'm glad you aren't around my children.
John Doe October 07, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Patricia Smith - at least you are consistent with your "thoughts". Now, get some of your 'group' together and get on down to the closest Chuck E. Cheese and educate those kids!!!
John Doe October 07, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Patricia Smith - I recommend you and your "followers" head down to Ravens stadium after a football game (preferably a loss to the Steelers) and stand outside the gates. See what kind of reaction you get there. PS - bring some Band-Aids. Your "group" doesn't have the guts to do this, although you don't mind showing the guts of babies for others to see.
Bill Howard October 07, 2012 at 07:37 PM
During the Viet Nam war many horrible images were shown to the people and the government had to respect it. It's a shame that such images were not available at the beginning of the Holocaust. Maybe millions would have been saved. If these murdered babies are NOT humans as the opposition claims than the pictures should be no more offensive than watching crabs and squid being cleaned. If you see the humanity in the person and the inhumanity in what happened, than you will feel differently. May God use the martyred children of abortion to change the hearts of those who support their death.
Bill Howard October 07, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Actually Kate there are 13 and 14 year old children having abortions with no idea what is happening other than those who tell them they need one. At least now they will start to have some idea.
John Doe October 07, 2012 at 07:49 PM
"support their death"?
Bill Howard October 07, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Gods girl you are so right. People this year are putting a lot of confidence in the Mayan death calender and they do study human sacrifice in the schools. However, because the Government commands it, somehow that is OK. The schools are full of depressing images and literature but those are Government approved and supported by the Secular Socialist teachers' unions. The public schools teach that if the Government says something it is true and whatever people of God say are myths. Our kids are given at least 13 years of such indoctrination. Our job is to break the chain of this mis-education. "Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to death; don't stand back and let them die." Proverbs 24:11
Bill Howard October 07, 2012 at 07:59 PM
So we should have a new board of Censorship at the Permits Department? I don't think so.
PerryHallParent October 07, 2012 at 08:51 PM
John Doe, your digestive system comment had me truly LOL for quite a bit of time. It even morphed here into a Crohn's disease poster idea for awareness (I have it, so I try to cope with humor) and how we could put your idea to use. I mean hey, when it all comes down to it "in the end" right? These protesters are out of their minds and no one agrees with them and they are doing a disservice. I have children old enough to know about these things and they say all it does it make people more apt to "buck the system" and do what they want to do. Gentle and caring education is the way to go with something like this and these protesters are totally missing the way to get their information through to people. Shock and Awe doesn't work anywhere.
Evets October 07, 2012 at 10:57 PM
I agree with John Doe, a loss to the Steelers is preferable...
Evets October 07, 2012 at 11:03 PM
However, I disagree with the point expressed in the comment above. Citizens have the right to express an opinion (yes, even using [or especially using] methods we find repugnant). Citizens do not have the right to use violence to express an opinion or prevent others from legally expressing an opinion. Also, expressing most any opinion after a game at Ravens stadium (actually M & T Bank Stadium) after a loss, where a some proportion of fans are likely to be drunk, is likely to lead to violence.
Jeanne October 08, 2012 at 03:55 AM
Patricia Smith you claim to feel much pain for each of the severl miscarriages and 1 stillbirth in your family yet you are willing to carry these signs and defend these people. I had 3 miscarriages, the last one my daughter was the hardest on me and when I saw one of those signs all I could think about is was that what my daughter looked like? Was that what the other miscarriages looked like. She would have been 20 this June and the days get a lot easier but those pictures to "educate" people are a knife in my heart and I am sure I am not the only one that feels that way. If you feel much pain for the babies & their parents how can you do this? My husband keeps me away from areas these people are because he wants to save me the pain, what about people that can't avoid the areas these people are, they shouldn't feel the pain either. I'm sorry your family has suffered so much, the babies are all in heaven with relatives that watch over us. When my father died one of the only things that gave me piece of mind is he was in heaven spending time with his grandaughter.
John Doe October 08, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Evets - I agree with you - violence is never an answer. That proves my point. These 'disciples' of the unborn fetus specifically map out areas and times where there is less likely to be violence, such as a busy road where you can't stop during a rush hour, or a school during a time where the kids have to go in or they will be tardy. Now, if these "educators" want to really get their point across, then they should have a float at the Macy's Parade on Thanksgiving morning with a floating fetus right in front of Snow White to teach her a lesson. I would love to hear Al Roker comment on that!
Evets October 08, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Doubt that Macy's would allow that, and since they are a private entity and not the goverment, that is their right. I think protesters have their event in palces wherre they will likely gets lots of publicity, as this article in the Patch demonstrates.
John Doe October 08, 2012 at 05:01 PM
The Macy's part was the joke of the paragraph.
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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