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OHS teachers apologize for using war memorial

Posted by wlpo on October 8, 2009

If you’re ever planning a rally at Washington Park in Ottawa, avoid the war memorial. 

The Ottawa High School teachers have apologized to veterans for using a war memorial in Washington Park during a rally Monday afternoon.  The teachers have been on strike since September 30.

Marty Rue is the Superintendent of the Veterans Assistance Commission in La Salle County.  He says he was appalled when he saw the teachers using the memorial as a stage.

The teachers issued an apology Thursday, saying they didn’t intend to show disrespect to veterans.  They also say Ottawa High School teachers who are also veterans have apologized to the American Legion.

The teachers union and school board have scheduled the next negotiating session for Sunday afternoon.

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