Things promise to be a real circus today for Bridgeport school kids who attend Roosevelt School.
First up, a “sanctioned” visit by a pair of clowns promoting the pending performances by the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey in Bridgeport later this month. The ambassador clowns Dave and Cherie are visiting second graders from the Park Avenue elementary this morning at the Barnum Museum for something called, “Step Right Up.”
They, according to a circus flak, “will augment this regular educational program for children with circus gags.” Oh.
Meanwhile, this afternoon, in what most assuredly is not a sanctioned circus-themed event, a “wounded elephant” — presumably a costumed figure swathed in bloody bandages — will try to buttonhole students leaving school for the day and their parents about the evils supposedly wrought by circus animal keepers on their menagerie. This event, sponsored by the animal-rights group PETA, aims to enlighten youngsters, according to a statement by Tracy Reitman, a PETA executive vice president.
“If children knew how animals suffer behind the scenes, their smiles would quickly turn to frowns,” Reitman opines.
The Roosevelt kids this day will be exposed to the never-ending war of words — and then some — between the circus and its detractors among animal lovers over its treatment of elephants and other creatures in its care.