Fargo students shaken up by display of graphic anti-abortion imagesFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A Wisconsin pro-life group has crowded sidewalks and streets for the past two days, leaving a lasting impression on many, including our youngest generation. A bus full of elementary kids was only feet away from the graphic signs at stop light earlier this afternoon.
A Wisconsin pro-life group has crowded sidewalks and streets for the past two days, leaving a lasting impression on many, including our youngest generation. A bus full of elementary kids was only feet away from the graphic signs at stop light earlier this afternoon.
Shortly after noon today, a bus full of 4th and 5th graders pulled up and stopped at this intersection on 25th Street and 13th Avenue South, exposing nearly 50 students to the large graphic images of aborted babies and unborn children. Now parents are speaking out, saying the fine line between free speech and their children's rights was crossed.
Brenda Dellaneva – Chaperone on the Bus: “I was screaming, ‘look way, look, look down, don't look at them,’ it was heartbreaking for me to see it.”
On the brink of tears, Dellaneva says several kids got sick and one child threw up when she got back to school.
Brenda Dellaneva: “It was horrible, it was just unspeakable.”
It started as a fun filled day for 4th graders Haley Dellaneva and Jasmine Meyer. Their choir had given four concerts in the morning and just wrapped up a party at the West Acres food court. Then four dozen 9 and 10 year olds were exposed to this.
Jasmine Meyer: “It was like two or three and everyone just got sick to their stomach.”
Haley Dellaneva: “It was disgusting, it's like we are too young to see those. It was really bad for us to all see that.”
Fargo Superintendent Dr. Rick Buresh called the incident unfortunate, saying if they knew in advance of the protestor’s location, the bus would've taken a different route.
Dr. Rick Buresh – Fargo Superintendent: “We'll just learn from that and try to avoid it in the future.”
Now parents, teachers and counselors are faced with the toughest question of all, how do you explain abortion to someone so young?
Haley Dellaneva: “In one of the pictures it looked like a new baby, it was really sad.”
Brenda Dellaneva: “They understood what I meant, but they were still dumbfounded at why somebody would show pictures that graphic.”
School staff sent an email notifying parents about the incident. Dellaneva says she will continue to speak out against the incident, hoping this type of graphic exposure doesn't happen again to children in Fargo.