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Anti-mask protesters cause disturbance outside Vancouver elementary school

By , Columbian staff writer

A group of anti-mask protesters showed up outside Harney Elementary School on Friday morning, harassing students and staff as they arrived at the school. 

In all, about a dozen adults — protesting with signs — first showed up around 8 a.m. Friday and stood near the school, at 3212 E. Evergreen Blvd. The adults were “yelling at employees and kids,” Vancouver Public Schools spokeswoman Pat Nuzzo said, and causing a disturbance for more than an hour until police arrived.

The group never entered Harney, Nuzzo added, and the district wasn’t able to confirm all the identities of the protesters. 

District security officials notified Vancouver police, and the group dispersed around 9:15 a.m. once officers arrived. No arrests were made, department spokeswoman Kim Kapp said. 

Nuzzo said the district planned to have extra security at Harney for today’s end-of-day dismissal and on Monday. She added this is the first incident of its kind this school year at any of Vancouver Public Schools’ 36 campuses.