A student at Los Alamitos High School read about a student-organized pro-life walkout at Rocklin High School in Sacramento. He decided that students at Los Alamitos High School should do something similar, and took his idea to his student Bible study club.
Student leadership and members agreed. A demonstration was planned for Wednesday, April 11, from 7 a.m. to 7:50 a.m. in front of the High School, before classes began and while students were being dropped off.
According to one of the student organizers, they expected perhaps five students with signs they made themselves. Scheduling conflicts would keep other student supporters away.
When I arrived to cover the event, I checked in at the High School’s main office — as I do whenever I visit a school. (These days, anyone with a camera hanging around a school campus is suspicious.) When I identified myself as media here to cover the event, I was told in no uncertain terms to stay off campus, thank you, good-bye.
I wandered out to Cerritos Ave., unclear on exactly where the event would be staged. It might, for instance, have been held on the west side of the campus, on Los Alamitos Blvd. just south of the bridge over Coyote Creek. But, no, it turned out that everybody was strung out along Cerritos Ave., holding signs, and chatting among themselves and with a few curious students. Drivers passing by honked in support.
Most of the students walking past the demonstrators either ignored them or smiled.
The miracle in the title refers to the number of people who showed up — at least five times the number expected by the student organizers. Some were students, the rest adults. The adults had heard about the event, and felt strongly that the students should be supported. Everyone taking part in the event was swimming against the tide of progressive public opinion in California. The students, especially, showed exceptional fortitude in deciding to take a public stand that might open them to abuse and ridicule.
The Los Alamitos Police Officer assigned to the campus as school resource officer kept an eye on things from the north side of Cerritos Ave. She had to respond to a single incident, when a student in the lefthand turn pocket directly in front of the School jumped out of his car to yell his enthusiastic support. That resulted in him and everybody stuck behind him missing the left-turn arrow. The school resource officer snapped a photo of his license plate and spoke briefly with him.
One woman went down the line of demonstrators handing out knitted “circles of life” representing human life from natural conception to natural death. They are meant to be worn around your neck, like a single-loop infinity scarf.
On the south side of Cerritos Ave. to provide “visual deterrence” in case anybody took a notion to do something stupid, two Los Alamitos patrol officers, a motor officer, and a plain clothes officer watched the activity and talked among themselves. No one offered to do anything stupid.
All the Los Alamitos Police Officers that I spoke with were professional and polite.
I was told that student organizers had put up an exhibit of some sort on campus, representing the number of babies killed in abortions. As I had been shooed off campus, I cannot personally attest to that.
The event wound down around 7:50 a.m. with everyone gathering for a group photo, then huddling for a prayer.