Concerns arise after anti-abortion protesters demonstrate outside of Ashland High School
ASHLAND, Ore. —
A group of anti-abortion protesters spent their morning and afternoon at Ashland High School, where they stood just off of school grounds. The group handed flyers to students and protested with signs depicting enlarged photographs and anti-abortion messages.
Though the school said concerned parents called about the demonstration, protesters were technically not on school property and therefore weren't breaking the law.
The school said the group demonstrates at the school about once or twice a year. Students are informed that it is completely up to them whether or not to engage with the protesters.
Community members asserted on social media that they had contacted the Ashland Police Department, but law enforcement was unable to get involved because the group stayed off campus.
"Handing out flyers on a college campus is one thing, but leave minors alone," one woman posted on the Ashland Peeps Facebook Page. "I called the non-emergency line for Ashland police and was told those people weren't doing anything wrong."
Several posts on the thread claimed that some of the protesters were shouting, directing the conversation towards whether or not the demonstration could be considered harassment.
"As someone pro-life and Christian that is living and working in Ashland, it is pointless for one side to target another," said another Facebook user. "No one likes having an opinion shoved down their throat- sad that this is how we approach controversial issues...You would never see me protesting outside PP [Planned Parenthood], respect and peaceful conversation (if desired) is the way to go."
Posts also shared that after protesters handed out flyers in the morning and before they came back when school let out, the group demonstrated outside of the Planned Parenthood building in Ashland.