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HighballHighball Member Posts: 15,755
edited September 2004 in General Discussion
The garbage grows more rank..and stronger every day...
School yanks invite to first lady
Illinois officials heed advice of gun-control activists

Posted: September 30, 2004
1:00 a.m. Eastern
c 2004

Local Illinois school officials who invited first lady Laura Bush to read to students for 30 minutes withdrew the invitation following the pleas of gun-control activists critical of President Bush's policies.

Hubbard Woods School Principal Maureen Cheever extended the invitation early last week, reports the Wilmette, Ill., Pioneer Press. But local Democratic Party and gun-control activists told her there was no place in the "sacred" halls of Hubbard Woods School for a representative of the Bush administration, which they argued has a lax stance on gun control.

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Mrs. Bush had not formally accepted the invitation, but she was in Winnetka Friday afternoon for a fund-raiser luncheon. Cheever called the White House two days before Bush arrived to retract the offer.

Earlier that day, Cheever met with the vice chairman of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, Bob Williamson, whose two daughters were at Hubbard Woods School on May 20, 1988, when 30-year-old Laurie Dann shot six students, killing one.

During the meeting, Williamson warned Cheever he planned to hold a press conference across the street from the elementary school if the first lady indeed visited the school.

Bush's visit came less than two weeks after the expiration of a federal ban on assault weapons, an extension of which Bush said he would sign off on if Congress approved it. Williamson, however, said the president took a "two-faced" position on the ban, saying publicly he supported the extension but doing little to help the measure pass.

Jeanne Bishop, who is on the steering committee of the anti-gun-violence group Million Mom March, called Cheever to express the group's "great pain and distress over what we felt was a really insensitive juxtaposition of location and timing."

Bishop, whose pregnant sister and brother-in-law were gunned down in their Winnetka, Ill., home in 1990, said such a visit could anger those who watched the tragedy of the school shooting unfold.

"When I think of those people having to see children at Hubbard Woods School be political props as part of a campaign swing from a president who has been so closely associated with the NRA (National Rifle Association) and has done so little to promote sensible gun laws, it was just hurtful to me," Bishop told the local paper.

Pressure on the school to retract its invitation also came from local Democrats who said Bush's 30 minutes with the children would amount to a photo-op for the Bush campaign.

Superintendent Rebecca van der Bogert denied that the district had yielded to political pressure, though she acknowledged having conversations with Cheever over a number of calls that had come in. Van der Bogert agreed with Cheever's decision to pull the invitation, which she said was driven by the meeting with Williamson.


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    pickenuppickenup Member Posts: 22,844 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    If my child attended that school, I would take him/her out of it, and tell them why.

    What a load of ca-ca. (stolen) [;)]

    The gene pool needs chlorine.
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