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Teacher Confronts Paul Ryan At Florida Fundraiser: ‘You’re Here Celebrating The Death Of 17 Children’


Teacher Confronts Paul Ryan At Florida Fundraiser: ‘You’re Here Celebrating The Death Of 17 Children’

Two protesters chanted “no more guns” as they were escorted out of a Republican fundraiser in South Florida Friday night after confronting Speaker of the House Paul Ryan about the deadly school shooting that happened days earlier and less than 50 miles up the road.

“This is @SpeakerRyan’s version of Thoughts and Prayers. Odd, it looks like a donor event in the tropics,” an activist tweeted along with a video of the event.

According to The Miami Herald:

Maria Thorne, a Key Biscayne activist, said she noticed motorcade traffic clogging up her commute home from her job as a fifth grade teacher at iPrep Academy, where she spent the day reassuring scared students that she could keep them safe from a shooter.

Thorne, 49, heard a rumor that the motorcade might belong to Ryan, so she took a friend into the Ritz to investigate. She said men with lanyards at the entrance of a private area confirmed that it was a fundraiser for Ryan.

Thorne told the newspaper that she shook Ryan’s hand before introducing herself as a teacher and Key Biscayne resident.

“Nice,” Ryan replied.

“Nice?” Thorne said. “You’re here celebrating the death of 17 children.”

Ryan responded by telling her he “didn’t want to talk politics” or argue.

When Thorne attempted to continue, security escorted her out.

As she left the gathering she chanted “No more guns!”

The Herald adds:

Thorne wants politicians, including Ryan, to pass laws that tighten gun control. A native of Peru, Thorne said she remembered watching news of the mass shooting at Columbine High School in 1999.

“I lived through terrorism and bombings, but I’ve never witnessed anything like that in my life,” she said.

Since then, the teacher said, the shootings have grown more frequent and worse. She’s tired of watching them and tired of worrying about her children and her students.

“I’m tired. Nobody listens. Everybody tries to twist it around,” she said. “I’m a registered Democrat, but right now I just don’t want anybody that’s been fed by the NRA, otherwise this is never going to stop.”


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