Oakland California: Unified School District police had to draw batons and use force as they arrested six people after several protesters charged a barrier at Wednesday night’s school board meeting at La Escuelita Elementary School. Apparently they are upset over several schools having to close down due to a lack of funding and have even began targeting charter schools.
All six were charged with disturbing the peace. One of those arrested was also injured and taken to a hospital.
Chief Godown said the police presence was necessary because parents and teachers had successfully disrupted several earlier board meetings and even got one shut down. But the police presence created tension from the start since tensions are so high with liberals and police.
“In this sanctuary city, in the home of the Panthers, I am strictly opposed to police officers here to police the community at our meeting,” Mike Hutchinson said.
I’m having anxiety right now,” Olugbala said. “I grew up under Jim Crow, I grew up on the bus. I had to sit behind a barrier. I could not move beyond that barrier. This is what this feels like.”
Parent Stracey Gordon from Henry J. Kaiser Jr. Elementary, which is being closed and merged with another school, warned the board she is in this fight for the long haul.
“We will continue to disrupt these meetings and there will be no more business as usual!” Gordon said.
The group has the support of the teachers union, the Oakland Education Association, which is sending members to help with the protests.
Targeting Charter Schools
On Monday, Kaiser Elementary parent Alicia Johnson a deranged far left liberal wore a blond wig, cat-eye glasses and a black-and-white jacket in preparation for attending the Oakland City Council Education Partnership Committee meeting. The meeting had nothing to do with school closures, but she and other protesters did not care: They planned to shut the meeting down.
She claims she had dressed as Betsy DeVos, the U.S. secretary of education who champions Charter Schools.