When cars drove by New Bedford, Massachusetts’ Alma Del Mar Charter School around lunch on December 12, they saw an unusual sight: seven and 8-year-old students standing by the roadway holding signs in support of deceased strong-arm robbery suspect Michael Brown.
School founder and executive director Will Gardner claimed the students came up with idea themselves.
According to The Boston Globe, Gardner said the students came up with the protest idea “after a lesson on citizenship and the First Amendment.” Students from Shabrina Guerrier’s class asked school head Emily Stainer if they could hold the protest.
Stainer said she went over some things with the students — “obviously, their safety was our first concern” — and then allowed the protest to go forward.
According to NBC’s WHDH, a parent who is also a police officer, Officer George Borden, drove by the school and saw the students lined up in protest. Borden said: “Having the children off school property without any parental permission slip is inexcusable.” He said he’s spoken to other parents and they were outraged when shown photos of the event.
Borden said that when his daughter got into the car after the school she looked at him and asked, “Daddy, do you shoot people?”
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