A peaceful protest by parents and children participating in an anti-bullying march aimed at the New York Police Department's arrests of peaceful protesters ended in tears for many of the children when paper hearts they made for Mayor Bloomberg were torn down from the fence they were hanging from by police officers.
Shocked parents called out "Shame! Shame! Shame on you!" as little ones wiped the tears from their eyes as the colorful display of paper hearts they had worked on earlier in the day lay ripped and tossed on the grounds at City Hall.
Margaret Flowers at October2011.org writes, “Parents for Occupy Wall Street, a collective community of parents & organizations in support of Occupy Wall Street met in Union Square Park on Saturday, December 10th (The International Day of Human Rights) to create 5,000 paper hearts to be delivered to Mayor Bloomberg. Each paper heart represented a peaceful protester that has been wrongfully arrested since the emergence of Occupy Wall Street movement.”
"We teach our children at home and in the schools that bullying is wrong and that the police are there to protect and serve the public. We tell them that just like in school, the Police Department have bullies as well, but that they are there to protect and serve us."
“We marched down to City Hall with our children eager to deliver our hearts and our message,” the account continues. “As we were not allowed onto the steps of City Hall due to renovations underway, we decided to tape the hearts onto the gates in front. We as parents watched in disbelief and disgust as the NYPD tore down the children’s artwork, ripped their hearts, and broke the children’s signs over their knees.”