Portland, Maine Public School Asks For Protection From Republicans

by Ben Hoffman

Anti-American Republicans ransacked a public school classroom they were using for a caucus. These people hate our democracy and hate that we don’t have an authoritarian right-wing government here.

PORTLAND – One School Committee member, saying she’s “appalled” by the behavior of some of the Republicans who used a room at King Middle School last weekend, wants to protect the city’s public schools from future harm.

Sarah Thompson said she plans to raise the issue when the committee meets on May 19. She has asked Superintendent Jim Morse to contact City Manager Joe Gray so the committee will have a clear understanding of policies and legalities related to the rental and public use of school buildings.

“We allowed them to use the space and I’m appalled that they would go through a teacher’s things, let alone remove something from a classroom,” Thompson said Wednesday. “We want the public to use school spaces, but they need to respect that it’s a school and understand that they should leave it the way they find it.”

The Republican State Convention was held at the Portland Exposition Building, which is on Park Avenue, near the middle school. Party members from Knox County caucused in a classroom used by eighth-grade social studies teacher Paul Clifford.

When Clifford returned to school on Monday, he found that a favorite poster about the U.S. labor movement had been taken and replaced with a bumper sticker that read, “Working People Vote Republican.”

Later, Clifford learned that his classroom had been searched. Republicans who had attended the convention called Principal Mike McCarthy to complain about “anti-American” things they saw there, including a closed box containing copies of the U.S. Constitution that were published by the American Civil Liberties Union.

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They called the Constitution anti-American just because it was published by the ACLU. The purpose of the ACLU is to protect our rights guaranteed by the Constitution. That’s as American as you can get. Right-wingers don’t like our Constitution except for a couple amendments. They hate our government, which is defined by the Constitution. They’ve done everything they can to destroy the democratically elected Democratic president, just as they did with Clinton. That’s anti-American. It’s one thing to be against policies and we have elections to change politicians who make policies, but they don’t accept the will of the majority who overwhelmingly rejected the Republican candidate.

One Comment to “Portland, Maine Public School Asks For Protection From Republicans”

  1. Yeah, instead they could the Girl’s High school Basket basketball team as a political weapon instead, like the liberals did in Highland Park, IL…

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