The alumni committee of the prestigious Bronx prep school Horace Mann is facing furious calls to remove Attorney General Bill Barr from their distinguished-alumni list following reports that law enforcement followed his orders to aggressively clear protesters in DC for a Donald Trump photo op.
US Park Police and the National Guard swept protesters out of Lafayette Square using smoke canisters and pepper-spray balls so President Trump could pose in front of St. John’s Church.
“It’s a big debate with the alumni committee as to whether or not to remove him,” says a source. “They had to have an emergency meeting about it, but no decision has been made.” Almost 8,000 people have signed a Change.org petition to have the politico, who was given the alumni association’s Award for Distinguished Achievement in 2011, removed.
“Barr directly ordered the violent removal of protesters for the president’s political gain, and this was a callous and despicable act demonstrating a clear disregard for our democratic values of free speech and racial justice,” says the petition, started by class of 2020 students Kiara Royer and Jessica Rosberger.
“Barr violated our school’s Core Values of Mutual Respect and Mature Behavior as well as our Mission Statement by infringing on the common good.”
Alums decrying Barr is nothing new. Since 1991, a Horace Mann peer of his, Jimmy Lohman, now an attorney, has been publicly accusing the AG of being a racist who bullied him at school because he supported civil rights.
The school’s Alumni Council said in a statement, “We have heard concerns expressed by current students, alumni and school employees … We are convening our council to canvass the views of our alumni constituencies and to review in a deliberate manner the range of perspectives that are being communicated to us in connection with the award. We intend to consider the issues thoroughly and sensitively.”
Reps for the school did not respond to Page Six.
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