Rhode Island mom Nicole Solas, 39, was forced to pay $1,200 to pay for five officers to provide security for her library event
A conservative mom from Rhode Island was forced to spend $1,200 of her own money in order to hire five police officers to protect her and those attending a talk at a public library to address the ‘transgender indoctrination’ of children.
Nicole Solas, 39, who is part of the right-wing Independent Women’s Network, was told police protection was necessary for the event to go ahead after Cranston Police Department received threats of violence against her.
She had hired one cop herself, at a cost of $240, but was forced to shell out another $960 on four other officers, after being told only that number could guarantee her safety.
Solas had already decided to have one police officer accompany her in advance of the event but was told more officers would be required.
‘I organized this event but I became the target of this onslaught on social media,’ Solas told DailyMail.com. ‘Rhode Island legislators and college professors began defaming me and bullying me. They made calls for people to harass me and the library.
‘The Cranston Police Department then received intel that violent protesters were going to be attending – people with a history of violence and prior arrests. The police said I could not host the event unless I had five police details because it was a threat to public safety,’ she explained.
‘Everyone who attended had to be checked for weapons and explosives. My car was also hidden when I attended the library. It ended up being this very intense experience when it was supposed to be community outreach and a civil and open dialogue.’
Solas held a talk earlier this week at Cranston Public Library to address the ‘transgender indoctrination’ of children
‘We’re a pro-child group that was having a necessary conversation about the health and safety of children, yet we were smeared as anti-transgender. We’re not extreme, we just wanted to talk about how schools were hiding information from parents,’ Solas told DailyMail.com
The event saw Chris Elston, an anti-puberty blocker activist who goes by the nickname ‘Billboard Chris,’ as guest speaker to talk about the ‘medicalization’ of children.
Solas, meanwhile, spoke about education in schools.
In the the past, the anti-trans activists have called for banning of books from schools such as ‘Gender Queer: A Memoir,’ of which the Cranston library system has several copies.
The 240-page book is described by School Journal Review as ‘a great resource for those who identify as nonbinary or asexual as well as for those who know someone who identifies that way and wish to better understand.’
School Journal Review recommends reading lists to libraries as well as books to purchase.
The event saw Chris Elston, an anti-puberty blocker activist who goes by the nickname ‘Billboard Chris,’ as guest speaker to talk about the ‘medicalization’ of children
Elston was interviewed by local New England media at the event held earlier this week
Word of the meeting spread on social media and protesters were encouraged to show up
But in pages seen by DailyMail.com, the book is also revealed to be extremely graphic and explicit in its drawings of transgender sex, with a suggested reading age aimed at those aged 18 and older, not school-age teens.
Fewer than 30 people attended the closed discussion inside entitled ‘What Kids Learn About Gender in School.’ Outside, more than 200 people demonstrated on the library’s lawn.
The activists had earlier asked the William Hall Library to cancel the event calling it ‘hate speech.’
Solas said such a description couldn’t be further from the truth.
‘We are a pro-child group that was having a necessary conversation about the health and safety of children, yet we were smeared as anti-transgender. We’re not extreme We just wanted to talk about how schools were hiding information from parents. It’s not an extremely position. Parents deserve to know. We also wanted to talk about the medicalization of children that we believe is a child abuse scandal,’ Solas told DailyMail.com
Elston has argued that in addition to encouraging gender nonconformity, children are taught in schools to embrace new gender identities, even to the point of physically mutilating their bodies.
Anti-trans activist Chris Elston, joined by his supporters, demonstrates against gender affirmation treatments and surgeries on minors outside of Boston Children’s Hospital last weekend
Police stand between anti-trans activist Chris Elston, left, and counterprotesters, right, as they confront each other outside of Boston Children’s Hospital in , Massachusetts
Supporters of anti-trans activist Chris Elston demonstrate against gender affirmation treatments and surgeries on minors
Protesters for and against the hospital’s programs that deal with gender affirmation surgeries and hormonal treatments were gathered outside the hospital last weekend
But Elston’s very presence also drew protesters to the event, having accused Boston Children’s Hospital online of performing sex-change operations on minors.
The accusations led to a harassment campaign against the hospital and its doctors, reports Boston.com.
Solas has pushed back against the ‘anti-transgender’ characterization.
‘It’s not hate speech to be exposing medical abuse of children. This is what we believe, Chris and I, that this is greatest child abuse scandal in history,’ Solas said.
Solas made national news last summer after she filing 200 public-record requests with the South Kingstown School Committee as she attempted to find out if critical race theory was being taught in state classrooms.
Anti-trans activists have called for the banning of books such as ‘Gender Queer: A Memoir,’ which is extremely graphic and aimed at those aged 18 and older, not schoolchildren