OWS Protesters Chant ‘Follow Those Kids!’ As Small Children Try To Go To School On Wall Street

Tiny Tots, Some As Young As 4, Overwhelmed By Hostility, Crush Of Humanity

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — They were caught in the middle of madness.

Some grade school students were forced to walk a gauntlet of screaming “Occupy Wall Street” protesters just to get to school on Thursday.

It was a wild day in lower Manhattan for most everyone involved, including elementary school children who had to brave the mayhem just to get to class on the other side of Wall Street.

GALLERY: Occupy Wall Street  “Day Of Action”

In the middle of thousands of protestors yelling and chanting — some kicking and screaming – CBS 2’s Emily Smith found little school kids trying to get to class. Nervous parents led them through the barriers on Wall Street. The NYPD helped funnel the children, anything to ease their fears while some protestors chanted “follow those kids!”

“These guys are terrorists, yelling at little kids,” one father said.

“For them it’s horrible. They’re afraid of all the crowds. We’re not even able to get through. They’re just, he’s … very afraid now,” a mother added.

One protester followed a father and his little daughter all the way down the block. As the school day ended just after 3 p.m. children trickled out of Leman Manhattan Prep on Broad Street. Smith heard a 4-year-old boy telling his mom he was scared. He told Smith it looked like a parade.

“There was a parade. It was scary — crowded with school,” the boy said.

“After a while it got so bad some parents couldn’t get their children through and they had to go late,” said Gary Goldenstein of Tribeca.

Some saw the day’s doings as chaos; others saw it differently.

“The parents actually along with teachers were at every entry point into this area, which is fantastic,” said Vicki Pitcock of Tribeca.

School officials said they haven’t had to change school times or cancel class, and are trying to keep it that way.

How far is too far? Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

  • Jerry

    Why would anyone be surprised that OWS mutants think frightening children is part of their First Amendment “rights”?

    • Lynn

      I went to a protest with my family when I was a kid. I was hardly traumatized. I would be more concerned about the police in full riot gear and packing guns, batons, and chemicals. The police put up barriers, and there was a major grid lock. They were asking for ID to let people through. I would dare to say, the parents complaining were not Occupier supporters.

  • Gary Chambers

    What is it in the DNA that makes people revert to the same traits they had in the times of the caveman? A trait that makes them wants to be a part of a group that searches for leadership and a group that makes them feel empowered. They remain a mob and lash out at any authority that tries to limit their destruction. They start as a gang that in intermingled in a gang of gangs. All are trying to climb to the power position to use the majority as a weapon to achieve their goal. The OWS gang is almost in the last stage to have the power struggle to determine who will take the lead. There will be fighting in the ranks before it’s over like most radical groups throughout history. The most evil and corrupt usually triumphs over the weak liberal peaceful groups that started the movement. It will come to the strongest two radical gangs left standing and it will usually end in a purge that will leave dead and wounded in the streets. Once the winner is identified and takes credit as the winner that’s when the American people will know who the enemy really is.

    • Jaenelle

      As long as the protesters keep geting paid, they’ll probably do anything.

  • Jullouwe

    And thanks to the Department of Education that has brought socialism/Communism into our public schools and have brainwashed our children into thinking like these “occupiers.” After a couple of decades of leftism teachings, we now have the products of their hard work.

    And again, thank you old mainstream media for reporting only negatives on conservatives/Republicans and giving the leftists a pass. If you had done your job, our country would be doing well right now. But that’s not what you want is it? No, you need the chaos!

  • Steve Hollar

    Every one of these sick perverts should be arrested. Hey you OWS morons, you are losing us average Americans by the millions every day. We don’t sympathize with you freaks at all. Any legitimate gripes you had have been long ago lost in the way you are conducting yourselves.

  • Jullouwe

    It is up to the majors of cities to ensure order and safety. Oh, that’s right, since the “occupiers” have ties to Obama, then they have more entitlements. I feel sorry for the police and the good people that work to keep this country going.

    It’s too bad the American Communists and Socialists are backing this along with Obama, George Soros and the Union. All of the sickos in our society.

    Thanks “mainstream media” for doing your job, Thank you for reporting only that which makes conservervatives and Republicans look bad. Thank you for selling out you country.

  • RebeccaH

    When OWS degenerates to scaring little kids, they’ve lost all legitimacy, even if it’s just the nutbird fringe doing the yelling. PRS matters, and they’ve lost that battle.

  • SyntaxNameNotTyped

    Please please PLEASE try this on my kids.. just once. I promise you you will not like the results. If the cops wont protect our children.. WE WILL.

    • Lynn

      I went to a protest with my family when I was a kid. I was hardly traumatized. I would be more concerned about the police in full riot gear and packing guns, batons, and chemicals. The police put up barriers, and there was a major grid lock. They were asking for ID to let people through. I would dare to say, the parents complaining were not Occupier supporters.

  • Screwy

    There are hermit souls that live withdrawn
    In the place of their self-content;
    There are souls like stars, that dwell apart,
    In a fellowless firmament;
    There are pioneer souls that blaze the paths
    Where highways never ran-
    But let me live by the side of the road
    And be a friend to man.

    Let me live in a house by the side of the road
    Where the race of men go by-
    The men who are good and the men who are bad,
    As good and as bad as I.
    I would not sit in the scorner’s seat
    Nor hurl the cynic’s ban-
    Let me live in a house by the side of the road
    And be a friend to man.

    I see from my house by the side of the road
    By the side of the highway of life,
    The men who press with the ardor of hope,
    The men who are faint with the strife,
    But I turn not away from their smiles and tears,
    Both parts of an infinite plan-
    Let me live in a house by the side of the road
    And be a friend to man.

    I know there are brook-gladdened meadows ahead,
    And mountains of wearisome height;
    That the road passes on through the long afternoon
    And stretches away to the night.
    And still I rejoice when the travelers rejoice
    And weep with the strangers that moan,
    Nor live in my house by the side of the road
    Like a man who dwells alone.

    Let me live in my house by the side of the road,
    Where the race of men go by-
    They are good, they are bad, they are weak, they are strong,
    Wise, foolish – so am I.
    Then why should I sit in the scorner’s seat,
    Or hurl the cynic’s ban?
    Let me live in my house by the side of the road
    And be a friend to man.

    These protesters have made their point. It’s time to stop the violence and degenerate behavior It’s time for them to go occupy their own lives instead of imposing their presence on average people that haven’t done them any wrong.

  • backtolife

    If Wall Street is greedy and criminal like the occupy people suggest. Why hasn’t the occupier of the White House use the justice department to prosecute these criminals? If so much criminal activities have been committed then we should have hundreds or thousands of criminal prosecutions.

    • Waykup & Smell DeCoffee

      Nothing will be done to prosecute these criminals because they own the occupiers of the White House no matter who he is or what party he belongs to.
      Nothing will be done by anyone who occupies any of the offices in the Congress or the Senate either. And it won’t get done by any governor or mayor.

  • Apple_241

    Anonymous is a punk.

  • henry kissinger

    the people will no longer allow the new world order to corrupt puppet politicians and loot our governments treasuries at the cost of our soverignty , liberty and economic health

    • Adam Wentworth

      The people will grind OWS into the ground if they decide to get violent

    • henry kissinger

      if some kids get scared by some ows protests wait till the real global revolution hell riots breaks loose… let the mindcontrolled brainwashed ows hater sheeple think what they want.. they are all the real slaves who will soon lose their jobs and homes when the economic collapse takes place..

      • Adam Wentworth

        Please start a war Henry….. please do it

  • Em Spearing

    Disgusting, dirty, loathsome swine. THANKS libtards – THANKS OBAMA!

  • Josh Biggs


    • Anonymous

      …to fox news

      • Tim

        To someone with eyesight not sullied by the effects of drugs. Or, are the photos that are all over the internet doctored up by Fox News?

        • Adam Wentworth

          stop saying that. JUST LINK TO ONE.

  • OncealwaysaMarine

    2008 – Obama supporters in the streets = Hope and change.
    2011 – Obama supporters in the streets = Broke and deranged.

  • craigmk1974

    What’s that old slogan Karl Marx used to say? “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.” The problem is, these Occupiers are so lazy and unwilling to contribute, the Communists wouldn’t even want them. The Occupiers are unwilling to work to their ability. They would just use up all the resources and give nothing in return.

  • aname

    This should be the final straw – ENOUGH!!! Harassing little children?? What is wrong with these people. This makes me sick to my stomach. Why isn’t the mayor, the governor, the legislature- anybody doing anything to get these people out of there? What is it going to take – mass murder?????

  • Rich

    Welcome to OBAMAVILLE. Stay to the left until you land in the ditch. Welcome Commrade

  • lynn

    This is 100% OBAMA.
    When one of the occupiers speak it is Obama. When an Occupier craps on the public parks, it is Obama. When the Occupier rapes it is Obama.

    This is the hope and change Obama promised.

  • craigmk1974

    What a bunch of losers these Occupiers are. Even Bloomberg, who once supported these clowns, is now seeing them for who they really are: BURDENS ON SOCIETY.

  • Adam Wentworth

    OWS pedophiles gone wild…

  • Floyd

    Holy crap, the hate on here is insane. You all are some sick sick schmucks. Worse than Fox viewers. Way to soak up the koolaid with a sponge and gargle after.

    • Apple_241

      These fleabaggers are worthless bags of shiite. This is nothing but a terrorist movement and should be dealt with as such

      • Floyd

        Glad to hear a bunch of unarmed people yelling terrifies you to such a great degree you want them murdered. Way to treat your fellow Americans. Check the lead content in your water, you may be legally insane as well as functionally.

        • Apple_241

          Fleabaggers are terrorists… they are not and never will be my “fellow” Americans. Personally Floyd I hope they start a civil war so that we can finish it and them.

  • Lalo

    remember- the OCW people have the blessing of obama and his liberals

  • Mandy

    These ignorant asses are just begging to start violence. How do these people live with themselves. Useful idiots for the Commies.

  • jAy

    The fact that ANYONE considers CBS or any of the corporately owned media a reliable source of any information on Occupy is ridiculous. The people who own this station are some of the ones we are protesting against. Despite the fact that there are tons of intelligent, clearheaded individuals taking part in the movement, you idiots select stories about small groups and individuals that will be flashy for the right wing in other parts of the country who have been following this like it’s some TV show. To everyone who thinks they understand what Occupy is about or admits that they don’t, please watch Countdown with Keith Olberman on the Current TV station or read an alternative news media. You cannot trust corporate media!

    • grumpy_rage&hate-filled_redneck

      but I love CBS! They tell me who to hate – and how hard to hate ’em.
      You think it’s easy to figure out what to think on my own? It is not.
      Not everyone is as lucky as you, with a fully-functioning cerebral cortex and everything!
      Some of us don’t believe in evolution, because we haven’t benefited very much from it, ok?
      Don’t be hatin’ on us rednecks :( we may be people too, one day!

      • Adam Wentworth

        haha yeah! Who we hatin’ on tomorrow?

  • Mark

    Misery loves company and these occupy punks are clearly miserable.
    Every time I watch their tantrums I get the impression that they are behaving like a 5 year old that is pitching a fit because he didn’t get his way.
    I’m surprised they haven’t threatened to hold their breath yet.

  • Amerikan Patriot

    The reward for the Lib-Dim situational morality which can be summed up in one idiotic statement “if it makes one feel good then it’s moral”. The Lib-Dims would have the masses believe that everything which makes one feel good is harmless? Yeah, right, drugs are harmless, so is transmitting Anally Injected Death Sentences to each other as well as other STD’s? Shooting people makes some feel good, others enjoy raping and killing women or molesting children as a way to recreate? Like those fine upstanding citizens who belong to the Lib-Dim supported NAMBLA which is just an umbrella for a bunch of pedophiles who should all be Hanged, Drawn and Quartered! By the way all those HIV positive homos should know that if you each have a different strain of HIV then having unprotected sex with another homo who has a different strain can result in HIV co-infection with several strains which can make treating it much more difficult and can cause an earlier onset of AIDS depending upon how aggressive that particular strain of HIV is, susceptibility to current HIV drug treatment regimens and how the individuals immune system reacts to it? Some more of that Hope and Change for masses…

  • Mark

    If Rudy was in charge, this wouldn’t have happened

  • Dan Flikweert

    Just remember the flea…always in need of another dog!! Parasites!!!

  • me

    “Follow those kids”??? What the heck is that supposed to mean???!!!

  • Max

    If anyone yelled or touched my kid, they’d be dead

    • Lynn

      I went to a protest with my family when I was a kid. I was hardly traumatized. I would be more concerned about the police in full riot gear and packing guns, batons, and chemicals. The police put up barriers, and there was a major grid lock. They were asking for ID to let people through. I would dare to say, the parents complaining were not Occupier supporters. I went to a couple protests in 1972. My parents explained why people were yelling at us. They said people disagreed and were angry, but I felt safe because they explained it. It was quite the learning experience.

      • A53%er

        You’ve repeated this several times under different names. Funny. :)

  • Mark In Atlanta

    Okay, I have had enough of the DB’s, now they are messing with the kids? I guess they are endangering the jobs of these deadbeats as the kids are doing something productive for their future careers like going to school. Try getting off your a** and getting a job you dead beats. I wish one of the fathers would have Occupied one of their faces with a fist.


    Obama’s world indeed, where children are bullied by lazy, jobless thugs and hard working Americans are villains. Obama’s cultural revolution a la Mao Tse Tung.

    Ugandan born, Indonesian bred, 110% NOT American…Barack HUSSEIN Obama!!!!!!

  • Nate

    Does anyone not know that scaring children like this is wrong? I am amazed that the media did not lead with this nationally. The Tea Party never did anything remotely like this and received more negative airplay. But more to the point Bloomberg has done nothing. Do people need to arm themselves because Bloomberg will not protect them?

  • Fred Garvin MP

    obama the organizer invented the move

  • Mare

    Comments about sociology and art degrees being unemployable are right. I got a biology degree and never have been unemployed.

  • BrianH

    Is Obama going to stand in the schoolhouse door?

    OWS is nothing more than terrorism, organized in the White House and used to frighten decent people.

    • TestYourself

      Y’all need to check the mercury levels in your air, and lead in your water. No one can actually be this stupid in reality.

      • Anna Key

        of course they can! how do you think we got into this mess?

  • The Anonymous Cook

    Just in case you’re actually interested in how to write properly – a Gauntlet is a glove, what you meant to say was a Gantlet. Look it up.

    • Amy Cole

      A dork with a dictionary….. gotta love it

      • Anna Key

        I do.
        It’s better than an arrogant, ignorant twit with internet access. (YOU)

  • Desert Fox

    I would think that the bulk of the parents on the OWS crowd are just so proud of their offsprings. This is an excellent example of the lack of parenting that is being done these days. Along with the breakdown in the schools. The sadest and most discusting thing is that Obama and his wife support them. This man will go down in history as the worst president in American history, replacing Bill Clinton. This self-centered empty suit has dome more to damage us than any prior president.

  • BigBoa

    This is certainly no defense of Bloomie….. But someone said he was the one person to blame. Wrong. ALL the people in these towns are to blame. It should be more than easy enough to round up 50,000 armed and ticked off patriots in each urban area, and if they showed up, the thug bums would sheeet themselves and head for the hills.

    But the people are too apathetic and too complacent. Instead of taking charge and taking responsibility for the Republic, it’s far easier to “blame the politicians”…. Besides, they’re afraid they might get a boo-boo on their head…….

    • Amerikan Patriot

      Skeet shooting anyone?

      • Texas Ken

        Just a matter of time. Let those nasty slimeballs head on down south, come ot some of the small towns in Texas see what you get.

  • sheepdog

    Making threats to children time for these a$$hats to go one way or another

  • BigBoa

    And even STILL, the truly braindead keep talking about the next election……


  • bentdog

    “OWS Protesters Chant ‘Follow Those Kids!’ Looks like Penn State has infultrated the OWS movement.

  • BigBoa

    What is SICK is that EVEN YET, the people do NOTHING! Terrorize a family member of the mighty Boa’s like that and you would be at LEAST enjoying a Louisville Slugger. If the people had done what the mighty Boa said to do in the first place, these thug bums would still be hiding in the hills. The people should be ashamed of themselves, from allowing this to allowing the out of control government to continue abuse of the public.

    The mighty Boa WARNED you that O’Bozo needs to be removed immediately. The mighty Boa also warned you that only God knows what else he will pull between now and next year.

    Then he also warned you why the occupiers need to be confronted by the people and disbanded. Many claiming to be “conservative” called such testimony “shameful”……

    Well here’s to hoping those same pu$$ies now enjoy rampant disease coming to a neighborhood near them and here’s to hoping their relatives contract it. AND the violence they’ll also be bringing with them…..

    And by the way, enjoy the dictatorship.

    You were told that this imparting of wisdom would come to and end and the time has come. Reap what you have sown. So it is said, so it is written.

  • nunya

    Enough already, time to strat cracking their skulls.

    Time to root them out in our neighbor hoods.

    Time to stop letting the severe minority rule through newspeak and PC intimidation.

    It starts with you, speaking up and voicing your opinion everywhere. No matter what.

    • Texas Ken


  • adam

    fnck yall

    • twelve


      • Texas Ken

        fo shizzle ma nizzle what up wit dat sheeit

  • Gregory

    Occupiers being mean to kids. Disgusting: http://youtu.be/5rXPrfnU3G0

    • Anonymous

      I think that’s what the ‘journalist’ who wrote this pathetic opinion piece was trying to make the readers believe happened here.

      • me321

        Who care what you think!

  • Griffin

    The liberals support of the occutards just reinforces my opinion of them. A total waste of good human organs that need to be harvested A.S.A.P.

  • hubcap

    We do have healthy and safety laws that should have been used in the very beginning. I wouldn’t go to NYC on a bet. Shame on the Mayor and the Governor.

  • Griffin

    Put a bounty on the Occutards and open up a hunting season. We would have them cleaned out in a day. These people are morally corrupt, they are not patriots by any sane person’s definition.They seek the protections and benifits of the very society they seek to destroy. You turds want riches? Earn them or come and try to take mine. Either way the problem is solved.

  • Rico

    Yep, Hitler had his brownshirt thugs to terrorize the streets in his day and Obama has his witless OWS morons to create chaos and terror in the streets today.

    • DeusVult

      You are right on the money! Look at the History of Germany just prior to World War 2!; ESPECIALLY the “Reichstad Fire”; the “Enabling Act” and “Night of the Long Knives!”
      The many similarities between then and now are alarming!!!
      NO MORE “resident” obama!!!

      • Anonymous

        Your g0d isn’t listening.
        Your g0d hates greed, too, remember??.

        • not me

          Anonymous, God isn’t listening to YOU and OWS!!

          • Anonymous

            your imaginary friend is ignoring me?
            that made me a big sad :(

    • ruffsoft

      I would suggest the police who are armed are akin to the Brownshirts and the OWS are akin to the liberals and lefties who opposed Hitler and were consequently demonized, denounced, and were the first taken to the death camps.

      I don’t think you will accept objective scholarship on fascism or a realistic assessment of the nature of the OWS. Therefore, I decline to continue this dialogue as it is idiotic to argue with idiots.

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