Protesters crowded the street outside Messmer Preparatory School in Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood as Governor Walker visited the school Friday to read to children.Messmer was once a Catholic high school. The archdiocese moved to close it nearly 20 years ago, but it eventually became one of the best examples of the success of the school choice program that has been in place in Milwaukee. Not surprisingly, a visit from Scott Walker was enough to prompt the vandalism, especially since Messmer has been a long-standing affront to the Milwaukee Public School system.
The protests came just hours after someone vandalized the school ahead of the Governor's visit.
"Some of these folks super glued our front doors at the prep school," said Br. Bob Smith, OFM, the president of Messmer Catholic Schools, about the school on the corner of North Fratney and East Burleigh Streets.
According to Br. Smith, one protester said " 'Get ready for a riot,' because they were going to disrupt the visit."Not a chance, Brother Smith. Not a chance.
Br. Smith said that, in his opinion, the Republican governor's visit to read to students there on Friday was not about political overtones connected to protests that have been happening all year in the state regarding the rollback of collective bargaining rights for many public workers.
"People ought to start acting like adults," said Br. Smith.
For example, yesterday, Meade went down to the Capitol Square to see what the singalong was like this week (the day after the special prosecutor announced that no one would be charged in the Wisconsin Supreme Court "chokehold" incident). He came home with a lot of video in the Flip camera, but he was especially interested in one clip.This is what democracy looks like.
An angry man, recognizing Meade, rushed up and demanded "What are you doing here?" He called Meade a "son of a bitch." He told Meade he didn't belong there and he should leave. Meade asked "Isn't this a public space? Doesn't it belong to all of us?" and the man answered "Yes, it belongs to us." Another man, seeing Meade, yelled at him and called him "a f*****g tea bagger." He also called out: "Death to Republicans!"