State Senator Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) issued a statement on Tues., July 12, addressing the disruption of Gateway Technical College's centennial celebration by protesters there because of a scheduled appearance by Governor Scott Walker.
In short, Wanggaard said he was disappointed that the protesters tried to take anything away from the day's focus of Gateway's 100 years of education and its place in history as the first technical college in the country.
Here is the full statement:
Today was a celebration of Racine being the birthplace of technical educational system the country. What a wonderful opportunity to remember our history and look towards our bright future.
I am extremely disappointed that the perpetual protestors intentionally disrupted the Gateway Technical College Centennial Commemoration event this afternoon. Instead of participating in what should have been a community-wide celebration of the first technical college in the country, the protestors decided this event should have been about their agenda.
It is time for Wisconsinites to come together and move forward for the benefit of all Wisconsin. Unfortunately, it appears the protestors think that these types of festivities should be about them, their special interests and their political goals.
Let us look ahead to the next great 100 years of Gateway Tech - and take advantage of our opportunity to better ourselves and our community – because that what is education should be about.