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WISCONSIN 4th Graders Led by Teacher into Protest Against GOP Gov. Scott Walker

Posted by FactReal on November 5, 2011

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Fox6 reported on Nov. 3, 2011:
Every weekday at noon, the “Solidarity Singers” gather around the Capitol Rotunda to vocalize their displeasure with Governor Walker’s agenda. […]

On a Tuesday in late September, FOX6 watched as elementary school children were led into the middle of the protest, and encouraged to clap and sing along.

According to [Solidarity Song Leader Chris] Reeder, it’s not the first time this has happened.

“When they are here, we do try to sing ‘This Land Is Your Land’ or ‘If I Had A Hammer,’ things they might be familiar with that are a little less political, so they would feel welcome to come into the circle,” Reeder said.

However, the protesters’ rendition of “This Land Is Your Land” includes a controversial verse that’s almost never sung in schools.

That verse is: “And on that sign it said, private property, but on the other side, it didn’t say nothing. That sign was made for you and me.”

The rendition also includes a final verse, aimed directly at the governor.

That verse is: “Scott Walker will never push us out! This house was made for you and me.” […]

“School children should not be a part of any political protest,” Rep. Voss (R-Burlington) said.

The incident left FOX6 with a number of questions, like, who’s idea was this? Did the school district know anything about it? Did anyone tell the parents?…The students were on a field trip from Portage, located about 40 minutes north of Madison. Portage Superintendent Charles Poches didn’t want to talk about what happened.

He declined to go on camera, and refused to identify staff members in the video.

In fact, Poches didn’t even want to see the video…Had he watched the FOX6 video, he would’ve seen one of the protesters talking to a fourth-grade teacher.

In the video, just a moment later, the same protester appears to let the song-leader in on his plan, and in a matter of seconds, the students are led into the circle, as their teacher watches, with no objection. […]

An hour after FOX6’s first conversation with Portage Superintendent Poches, Poches called back, and acknowledged that students did take part in the sing-along.

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