By Dana Ellis
Catlin Gabel School, Catlin Speak
Last week a group of local high school students decided to create a counter protest outside of Westview High school. The protest they were trying to end was an anti-abortion protest; the point the students were making was to have a pro-positivity gathering in place of a pro- or anti- abortion protest.
The anti-abortion protest began as a harmless protest near the school but as the protest became more noticeable, with an increase in extremely graphic images and posters, students at the school decided to stand up to the disruption.
One of the biggest issues these students and other community members are having with the anti-abortion protest is the location they picked – Westview is located extremely close to Rock Creek Elementary School. Students and parents voiced concern over the exposure of graphic images to young children.
Jackie Salzinger, a senior at Westview and one of the students who created the positive protest, spoke about why she wanted to start a counter protest, “This is a really divisive issue, and whether you’re pro-choice or pro-life, I think we can all agree that graphic images and language about the issue do not belong in our schools. We think calling students “murderers” and exposing them to these images is not conducive to a desirable learning environment.”
Other students began to join the group making posters that say things like “Have a great day!” Students also drew pictures that they considered more appropriate, particularly for the local elementary students.
The hope of the positive protest was to express not a pro-choice view, but rather to portray positive messages and images and ensure that the graphic images were not viewed by elementary school students.