OTTAWA, Jan. 7, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Despite their claims to the contrary, Ottawa’s Catholic school board knew that a school trip to Ohio in advance of the presidential election was focused on campaigning for pro-abortion President Barack Obama, according to newly-uncovered internal documents.
The school board cancelled the November trip involving 52 students from St. Peter and St. Matthew High Schools after a firestorm erupted in response to a LifeSiteNews story published Oct. 31st.
The school board has consistently claimed the students were merely going to “observe” the electoral process rather than engage in partisan campaigning. St. Peter’s High School principal Norma McDonald told the Ottawa Sun on Nov. 2nd that the students “were going to observe the electoral process there.”
“They were going to take in a few activities where they were going to observe politics in action. Were they out campaigning? Absolutely not,” she said.
But internal documents, obtained through a freedom of information request, reveal that the trip’s organizer, civics teacher Scott Searle, was clear from the beginning that the trip was aimed at campaigning for Obama.