D.C. 'vandalism' of bus carrying Sylvan Hills students looks a lot different from outside
By David Koon
on Mon, Jan 23, 2017 at 4:24 PM
A story is quickly going viral about what's being variously described as "vandalism" or an "attack" by protesters on a large tour bus carrying high school students -- including four from Sylvan Hills High — in Washington D.C. following Saturday's Women's March on Washington.
There's two sides to every coin, however, and videos shot from outside the bus, including the one seen above, show the driver motoring up to the protest, pausing briefly, and then forcing the bus through the crowd before speeding away.
News accounts say the incident happened on K Street around 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 21. As seen in the video links above, protesters had blocked the street and were waving signs when the bus, reportedly chartered by an education group called WorldStrides, approached on the way back to the students' hotel. There were reportedly 50 students and advisors on the bus at the time. Though a window was cracked during the incident, no one on the bus was hurt.
It just can't go unremarked on the Arkansas Blog that the president of the United States. speaking at a Black History Month gathering, gave praise to Frederick Douglass by saying he "is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is getting recognized more and more, I notice." /more/
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Photos taken Thursday night by Brian Chilson and David Koon, at Cummins Prison in Grady, the State Police barricade away from the prison and in front of the Governor's Mansion, before and after the execution of Ledell Lee.