Anti-War Protesters Fight Military Recruiters in Schools

Published November 16, 2005

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When military recruiters march into any Seattle high school, they could find themselves in a war of words. Under new district guidelines, schools must allow anti-military groups to "counter-recruit" right next to them

"There might be good reasons to die for things, but there's no good reason to kill for anything," said Amy Hagopian, the mother of a senior at Garfield High School and the co-chairwoman of the PTSA, which passed a resolution seeking to ban the military from all Seattle schools.

Before the school board could act on the request, she berated an Army recruiter who showed up at Garfield High, told the soldier he was not welcome and waved pictures of Iraq war casualties in his face.

Click in the video box to the right for a complete report by FOX News' Dan Springer.

That incident followed a confrontation at a Seattle community college, where war protesters chased a recruiter off campus.

"It's something we have to deal with out here as recruiters because there's a lot of teachers and people in Seattle that just don't like the military being in the schools," said Sgt. James Ramsey, an Army recruiter in the area.

Banning recruiters would cost the school district millions in federal funding but some anti-war demonstrators are still encouraging kids to walk out of class in protest.

Outside of Seattle, it's often a different story. Many school districts offer junior R.O.T.C. classes and welcome recruiters. Every branch of the military is working hard to fill the ranks and meet the responsibilities of the post-Sept. 11, 2001, world.

And while the opponents argue kids should be in college, not on the battlefield, recruiters say making contact with high schoolers is vital to defending the country. A job which, they say, is already hard enough.

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