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Protesters clash with Gov. Walker supporters outside Milwaukee event

Security had to help attendees inside
Posted at 8:52 PM, May 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-12 01:18:25-04

A protest outside of a campaign event for Gov. Scott Walker led to tense moments between those protesting and those attending the event. 

Walker held a meet and greet Friday evening at the Milwaukee Public Museum. About 30 protesters stood outside with signs, chanting and yelling at those walking inside. 

Security had to help those attending the event get in the building. Many of the protesters were part of the Milwaukee Teachers Education Association. 

MTEA Executive Director Ben Ward said they wanted to send a message to Walker and his supporters. 

"Fundamentally our schools are being starved here in Milwaukee," said Ward. "And school districts around the state are being starved by this administration." 

Amy Hasenberg, press secretary for Walker, responded to the protest in a statement that reads in part, "Governor Walker invested a historic $11.5 billion into K-12 education, an all-time high in actual dollars. These additional investments mean another $200 per student this year and an another $204 on top of that for next year. This funding benefits every student in every district including MPS." 

"We certainly understand that Scott Walker has delivered a little bit more money but year after year after year of starving our schools, it's a little late," said Ward. 

As more people started arriving for the campaign event, several verbal arguments took place. 

Gordon Lang, a Walker supporter, said the protesters should spend their time doing something else. 

"They ought to stay home," he said. "They're just making fools of themselves."