Activists protest while students in class watch the president's town hall

Activists protest while students in class watch the president's town hall
A group of anti-abortion activists stood outside McKinley High's gym as Obama held a town hall meeting. (Source: WAFB)
A group of anti-abortion activists stood outside McKinley High's gym as Obama held a town hall meeting. (Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - It was highly unlikely to find a critic of President Barack Obama inside one Baton Rouge high school Thursday. However, outside the gym while the president spoke and most students watched from their classrooms, a few activists hoped their voices would be heard too.

It was pandemonium Thursday as McKinley High School sophomores tried catching any glimpse of the 44th president.

"I'm going to cry," said one student while looking at the president's motorcade outside her classroom window.

Three dozen students said Thursday was a proud day to be a McKinley Panther.

"It's going to be a great experience to tell our kids, 'he came to my school,'" said McKinley sophomore Lashey Jordan.

"It's a nice experience to have the president here. A lot of people don't get that experience," said classmate Olevia Fisher.

The students also talked politics while they waited to hear the president.

"He cut the unemployment rate in half," said Kelly Heard. "My momma loves Obamacare."

On the same campus, but in a different building, the class live streamed the president's speech.

Like their 20 classmates who were inside the gym watching the president in person, these students watched captivated.

"I want to meet him. I've been praying since yesterday," said Gaybreo Sharatcliff.

Meanwhile, a different call for prayer happened outside the school.

"He is the most divisive president in history," said Richard Mahoney.

Mahoney led a group of anti-abortion activists exchanging words with some of the president's supporters who could not get a ticket.

"Maybe the only time that this president will grace our presence, why do you think it's befitting to stand there and cause commotion," asked Sahara Street, confronting Mahoney.

"Planned Parenthood is killing tens of thousands of babies today," replied Mahoney. "The president just funded Planned Parenthood a half a billion dollars to kill."

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