The group quickly came under fire on social media for their signage, which featured sayings including “F U Carla” standing for “Fund Us Carla” and “WTF” standing for “Where’s the Funding.”
“I’m very disappointed to see that type of disrespect and innuendo and vulgarity,” Senator Carla Nelson (R-Rochester), Chair of the Senate E-12 Finance and Policy Committee, said in response to the signage.
Chloe Hooten, a current high school student at Rochester Public Schools told Alpha News that she is deeply saddened that her “role models and mentors can not respectfully approach controversy.” She adds that her teachers try to educate students on “how to respect one another’s ideas” but their decision to create such “disrespectful posters for the public to see is immensely hypocritical.”
Representative Jeremy Munson (R- Lake Crystal) commented on the matter on Facebook saying “MN Teachers: this is your lobby representing you at the Capitol, on a day when hundreds of children were here on tours.”
Wyatt Beito, a former student and graduate of Rochester Public Schools told Alpha News he recognized many of the teachers at the rally through images shared online saying “it made me pretty sad to see them participating in this type of political theater. They’re loving people but I expected more of them than this.”
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Megan Olson is a 2020 graduate of the University of Minnesota with degrees in political science and history. She works in public affairs in addition to serving on the Legislative Advisory Council for School District 196. She is also on the school board for FIT academy, a charter school in Apple Valley.