Anti-abortion rally targets students' race

Students say they were handed different anti-abortion pamphlets based on their race
November 6, 2013 6:39:22 PM PST
Students at a Wake County school say they were given handouts based on their race at a free speech demonstration.

Parents at Enloe High School received a call from the school about the anti-abortion demonstration, but they said they were not warned that certain students would be targeted.

All students were handed literature, but some black students say they were handed a different pamphlet. Inside theirs was a message from Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

As ABC11 was on the school's campus Wednesday, white students pointed out that the literature they received from the "Street Samaritans" was different.

The ministry group displayed pro-life posters and promoted abstinence. The director told ABC11 they separately distributed pamphlets to inform each race and intended to reach students in a real way.

"We decided we have to get out ahead of their decision making where they find themselves in a circumstance," said Street Samaritans Bill Schulz.

Some students told ABC11 they find the tactics very offending, saying they wish the message was promoted across the board and not by race.

"I felt disturbed. I feel like I'm no different from human, just like everybody else, I believe just like everybody else believes. I kind of feel disrespected," said Enloe High School senior Dimitri Hubbard.

Enloe's principal sent a message to parents earlier this week notifying them the group would be at the school.  The message said in part "students should respect the group's right to exercise their freedom of speech on the public right-of-way."

The ministry said it plans to hold another rally at a Wake County school next month. They have not yet decided which school.

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