Ben Hughes, Photography Editor, Online Publisher|September 18, 2020
A woman holds a stop socialism sign in response to County Executive Dr. Sam Page’s decision to restrict high school sports. Among the crowd of protesters last Sunday Sept. 13 many were campaigning for Dr. Page’s opponent, Paul Berry III, in the upcoming election.
MHS mom, Karen Branstetter (right) stands with other protesters as the Let Them Play rally began to get underway last Sunday, Sept. 13. Protesters gathered to advocate for the restarting of all sports in St. Louis County. “I came to rally for the kids,” Brandstetter said.
Creve Coeur police officers stand guard at the entrance of County Executive Dr. Sam Page’s neighborhood as protesters begin to gather. Police were on site to keep protesters from advancing farther up the street to Dr. Page’s home.
A student hands out black tea bags to protest County Executive Dr. Sam Page’s decision to stop moderate and high contact sports at the high school level. After the rally finished the tea bags were given to Sam page along with the sign. “Sam Page’s restrictions on sports violates a parent’s right to parent their own children as they see fit,” she said.
A protester from Sacred Heart holds up a sign showing her support for the Let Them Play movement amongst the crowd gathered at the entrance of Dr. Sam Page’s neighborhood. Protesters started to arrive about 7 p.m. but protests lasted well into the evening.
A man holds up a sign for Democrat Dr.Sam Page’s opponent, Republican Paul Berry III, in the upcoming county elections. Many signs were among the crowd campaigning for Berry’s election as County Executive.
Protesters gather at the entrance of County Executive Dr. Sam Page’s neighborhood but could not advance any further as his stress is privately owned. Protests were originally planned to be outside Dr. Page’s house but protesters were blocked from advancing up the street by police and barricades.
Protesters gather at the entrance of Windsor Terrace Lane and North Spoede Road as the sun sets. Protesters called for the restarting of all sports, the removal of deomocratic County Executive Dr. Sam Page from office, and the election of republican Paul Berry III in the fall.
Jill Hume, a MHS parent, and her husband wave an American flag across from the entrance into County Executive Dr. Sam Page’s neighborhood. Protesters called for the removal of Dr. Page from office for putting restrictions on sports in St. Louis County. “Sam Page is abusing his power and holding our kids hostage and using them as political power and we are done,” Hume said.