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Published May 02, 2012, 05:13 PM

Fargo Elementary School Students Traumatized by Abortion Protest Images

FARGO – Some Clara Barton Elementary School children were sent home today after apparently feeling traumatized after seeing graphic posters displayed by a group of anti-abortion protesters at 25th Street South and 13th Avenue over the noon hour, school district Superintendent Rick Buresh said.

By: Helmut Schmidt, Forum Communications

FARGO – Some Clara Barton Elementary School children were sent home today after apparently feeling traumatized after seeing graphic posters displayed by a group of anti-abortion protesters at 25th Street South and 13th Avenue over the noon hour, school district Superintendent Rick Buresh said.

About 50 students were on the bus about 12:30 p.m. coming back from a choir tour, Buresh said.

While many of the students were playing a game on the bus, a number of the students still saw the protest and several were shaken up enough that they had to talk with their teachers and school counselor when they arrived back to school, Buresh said.

The protest is part of the States of Refuge Tour organized by the Missionaries to the Preborn, a Milwaukee group.

While most of the students returned to classes, a couple were sent home with their parents, Buresh said.

Buresh said the report that he got from Clara Barton Principal Tanya Wrigley-Lingle is that the protesters did not approach the bus or try to get on. Rather, it appears the incident was a chance encounter at the stoplight.

Buresh said the school district has not made a complaint to the police.

Fargo Police Lt. Joel Vettel said the lunch hour protest drew no formal complaints to the police department.

He said the group has targeted busy intersections in the city during the breakfast, lunch and dinner drive times for their protests on Tuesday and today.

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