School officials in North College Hill, OH gave parents the option to keep their children out of school today due to a planned National Alliance rally nearby.
The National Alliance, identified by the Anti-Defamation League as a white supremacist group, schedule the rally for noon today in response to the Aug. 11 attack of a man by six teenagers. Due to both of the North College Hill schools being in close proximity to the rally site, school Superintendent Gary Gellert sent a letter to parents notifying them of the rally, reports Cincinnati.com.
According to the Anti-Defamation League website, The National Alliance is the single most dangerous organized hate group in the United States today, with an estimated 1,000 members and most active in the states of Ohio, Florida, Michigan, New York, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, and New Mexico.
Today however, National Alliance members were greatly outnumbered by counter-protesters. Cincinnati.com reports five National Alliance protesters showed up for the rally, while nearly 100 people showed up to protest the group. The counter-protesters held signs denouncing the rally and shouted "go home" and "take your hate and leave", which drowned out the megaphone of the rally leader.
The National Alliance was protesting what it calls a hate crime. Six young black men brutally beat Pat Mahaney, a forty-five year-old white man, on Aug. 11th of this year. The rally ended peacefully around 2 o'clock this afternoon with police escorting National Alliance members to their cars and out of the area.