Protest outside school was wrong

Don’t get me wrong, I love animals and believe in the humane treatment of them, but when the organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals invited itself onto school property to teach — it was wrong! (Saturday article, “Ahead of circus in Everett, PETA protests at elementary school.”)

Who are these people who believe that they are above the law? The school district did not want them on its grounds and yet they tried to trespass to distribute their brochures.

If someone is told to stay off school property and they continue, they should be arrested for trespassing. The schoolchildren were taken out side doors to protect them from these people.

Nobody should have to go out a side door of a school to protect themselves from unwanted solicitation. The PETA people were wrong and should have been arrested.

Schools are supposed to be a safe place, not a place where children must hide from solicitation.

I don’t care if the PETA members were just outside the school grounds promoting their cause — it was wrong!

If someone was asked to leave the school grounds because of a potential threat to a child and was seen just outside of the school grounds still trying to gain that child’s attention, they would be arrested on possible stalking charges.

PETA was stalking these schoolchildren. These people should have all been arrested!

You must first care about the people before you can teach them to care about animals. If these people believe that breaking laws will help to teach our children to be humane, they are sincerely wrong!

Michelle Somerville

Lake Stevens