From Summer Betts:
This morning, October 27, I was driving my daughter to school. She attends Joppatowne High School. We arrived approximately at 7:05, which is our usual time. When we turned off of Joppa Farm Rd into the school entrance we were greeted by anti-abortion protesters. I could immediately see my daughter look over and tense up. I also read their signs and saw the pictures that they were displaying. Just like my daughter, I tensed up and then got quite angry!
While I agree that we have that right to protest and freedom of speech, I believe that was not the time or the place for such a thing. We send our children to school in hopes that they have a good and positive learning experience and environment. Seeing pictures like that and reading the signs as soon as they are trying to start their day is uncalled for!! I believe that the children should learn about abortion and what can happen and does happen, but let the school health teachers teach them that or their parents!!
I asked my daughter if she was ok and her response to me was, “Yeah I saw that, and it just ruined my day!” I am wondering if that was their purpose? Did they want to ruin our children’s day? I know that while some may read this and immediately assume that I am pro-choice, I am both. I could not have an abortion myself, but I do believe it is the woman’s choice.
I do not want to turn this into a debate on abortion itself, because that is not my purpose in writing this. This letter is to address the issue of whether or not having anti-abortion protesters showing graphic pictures is appropriate at the entrance to our children’s school! I recall not too long ago, another Harford County high school was having the same issue. What did they do if anything to address these protestors?
I know that I will be having another talk with my daughter this afternoon after school to discuss the issue and I can only assume that it will be talked about at school throughout the day. Perhaps that is what the protesters wanted, for the issue to be talked about and to get people thinking? Perhaps, but was this the proper place for their message to be viewed?