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State Senator Van Wanggaard Weighs In On Gateway Protesters

In a written statement, he says he is disappointed by their disruption.

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.

CowDung July 13, 2011 at 03:21 PM
Maybe I'll tell that to my kids when school starts back up in the fall. Since it's a free country, they (my kids) don't need to be respectful and act with decorum and restraint in their classrooms...
Heather in Caledonia July 13, 2011 at 03:30 PM
Oh, as for how we act and ask our kids to behave - just because someone acts rudely and inappropriately, that doesn't mean we should also do so to them. Just because all of the other kids are jumping off a bridge... :) Actually, from what I hear, those teachers and administrators who were there were probably echoing the way most of the kids in their classrooms act, anyway.
CowDung July 13, 2011 at 03:37 PM
If the teachers believe that disrupting a speaker is at all appropriate, then they shouldn't take issue with my kids trying to disrupt them in the classroom.
Dean July 13, 2011 at 03:49 PM
Van did listen, To the Majority of Wisconsinites who don't want to support you any more.
Heather in Caledonia July 13, 2011 at 04:35 PM
CowDung, Good luck with that. :)

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