Wisconsin High School students may want to think twice before expressing their political opinions when union members are present. Apparently the school, whose students shouted pro-Walker slogans while visiting the Wisconsin State Capitol and drowned out union protesters, is now receiving threats from the very unions that some of their students shouted down. The Sheboygan Press reports on this rather petty turn:
The resulting furor since the event has surprised school officials and state Sen. Joe Leibham, a Lutheran High alumnus who invited the group to the Capitol for a photo with the team and a celebratory reception.
"Friday morning, we had a couple of nasty phone calls all of a sudden," said Jim Pingel, Lutheran's executive director. "People identified themselves as union leaders, protesters. They were passive-aggressive, menacing."
Liberal activists called the school to complain, and conservative talk radio hosts have spent days discussing the students' actions. Charlie Sykes of WTMJ-AM in Milwaukee wrote in an online blog post that the students "decided to fight back against the anti-Walker sentiment they were witnessing during an impromptu visit."
The students are apparently bemused by the whole thing - the school has a variety of political viewpoints represented, and one student even expressed the opinion that the issue might possibly have been blown out of proportion. Some say the original incident was just an episode of school spirit that coincidentally went political. Whatever the reason, let's hope union members and activists have bigger fish to fry in Wisconsin than high school students.