Lexington Police intervene to prevent violence against David
Parker at rally in Lexington
Angry pro-gay counter-demonstrators including public officials & local
liberal clergy gather to intimidate Parker & supporters.
Officers determine Parker's physical safety threatened; tell him that
situation is too "incendiary" for on-the-scene TV interview; escort him from area.
Police protection. Police surround and detain David Parker (in light
pants and olive sports coat) as officer at right calls superiors. They
determined that violence could erupt against him, so they escorted him back
across the street.
Interviews go on without Parker. After David Parker leaves area,
pro-gay activists continue to surround TV cameras as School Committee Chairman
Helen Cohen (center, in purple) is interviewed, as police direct traffic. Note
young children with signs lined up behind her.
(Links to more photos below.)
LEXINGTON, MA - SEPT 6, 2005. Lexington Police were forced to
protect David Parker, fearing for his personal safety, when
hundreds of angry pro-gay activists, including Lexington public
officials and local liberal clergy, gathered to counter-demonstrate
against parents and supporters of David Parker who were holding a
rally on historic Lexington Battle Green.
Lexington boasts that it is among the most "tolerant" and
"welcoming" towns in Massachusetts, but a wave of intolerance and
hostility met a group of parents who had peacefully assembled to
air a grievance.
The parents had secured a permit and had come together to
express their outrage over the continuation of a no-trespass order by the Town of Lexington against David
Parker, banning the parent of a 6-year-old from all school
property. Parker made national news when Lexington school
officials refused his request to notify him when adults were
discussing homosexuality or transgenderism with his son in
At least 200 pro-gay counter-demonstrators supporting his ban from school
property first gathered
at the nearby Visitor's Center, and then lined Bedford Street (bordering the Battle Green) with anti-Parker signs and slogans.
Participating in the counter-demonstration were Helen Cohen, Chairman of the Lexington
School Committee, and Tom Griffiths, a School Committee member.
Also identified in the crowd were Jeanne Krieger, member of the
Lexington Board of Selectman, Rabbi Howard Jaffee of Temple Isaiah, Rev. Judy
Brain, Pastor of Pilgrim Congregational Church, and Rev. Bill
Clark, Senior Pastor of the First Unitarian Parish in Lexington.
As the Parker supporters lined the other side of Bedford street and held
their signs, it seemed that the anger of the pro-gay activists increased
considerably. One Parker sign-holder was spat on as he walked past a 12-year-old
girl. Insults were hurled.
As one witness observed, "You could see the look in their eyes,
even the kids. It was eerie. They really can't stand us, as if
we're polluting their town just by being here."
After Parker had finished making his speech to his supporters, a
few local TV stations set up across the street near one of their
sound trucks to conduct some interviews, and the pro-gay group
converged on the area. Parker walked over with his lawyers, but
when he got there he was almost immediately surrounded by uniformed
Lexington police officers, who soon ordered him back across the
street, away from the area, and did not allow him to be
interviewed, even off camera.
As Parker described it later, "The police felt that once the
cameras were on it would get 'totally out of control' and could become
'incendiary' and they weren't willing to take that chance and be
accountable for this." Parker said that the police felt strongly
that he would be in danger, so they made calls to their superiors,
and that the decision was made not to allow him to participate in
the TV interviews. So he was escorted back across the street, away
from the area.
Parker said he asked one of the officers, "Do you really
think that these people are this out of control?" and the officer
answered, "Yes." Parker responded, "Our people would never do
However, as a result the TV reporters interviewed various people
opposed to Parker (including Lexington School Board Chairman Helen
Cohen) but only a short interview from one of Parker's lawyers was
Parker Rally. Organized by local Lexington parents, people came
from across Massachusetts. It's so outrageous that the town
continues to ban David Parker from all school property. This is
strictly an act of intimidation and harassment. They are arrogantly
trying to disrupt Parker's life and make him an example to other
parents who might want to demand their rights guaranteed under the
Massachusetts Parental Notification Act.
Click here for Parker Rally photos.
The counter-demonstration. Despite that fact that the Parker
rally was publicly announced and this was done through emails, blog
postings, phone calls, etc., this was about twice as big. It's
utterly amazing how obsessed the pro-homosexuality crowd is, and
how enraged they are that a parent challenges their proselytizing in
the public schools. You've got to see this.
Click here for counter-demonstration photos.