At the end of Tuesday’s protest/march, some kids were still hanging around after the majority of people had left. I had a bullhorn and was trying to get them to go and to stop egging on the police. I tried various tacts, like we’re here for peace, to stand in solidairity with the Lopez family, let’s show we know how to be respectful, no more violence, etc. One group of middle school girls were particularly trying, as they didn’t want to leave, were flipping off the cops, yelling things, etc. Lisa M. finally had the right idea and said that Karym S. would give them a ride back to school, but first stop at In-n-Out Burger and get them milkshakes. Woo hoo! They instantly turned from bad a$$ trouble makers to the middle school kids they are. Hah!
We were still trying to leave, most of the stragglers looked like adults from Occupy, A.N.S.W.E.R. and BAMN, so we left them alone. Then we noticed 3 middle school-aged boys, also harassing the police. Ugh. So I decided to try Lisa’s trick, gathered together $15, and offered them the same deal, minus the ride.
“You’re trying to get rid of us!”
“Um, yeah, HELLO!”
They went on their way and we were finally free! I turned to the officers standing there and said, “Hey, we took up a collection of $15, and sent them off to get a shake so they’ll stop bothering you!” They smiled and laughed.
And we got to finally go home.