Angry Dad Changes 'Fearless Girl' Statue

Manuel Oliver's son died in the Parkland shootings
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 3, 2018 9:40 AM CDT

(Newser) – A New York City statue went from "fearless" to "fearful" Friday—at least for an hour. Manuel Oliver, the father of Parkland shooting victim Joaquin "Guac" Oliver, 17, placed a bulletproof vest on the renowned "Fearless Girl" statue near Wall Street to protest America's mass shootings, the Hill reports. The vest, removed an hour later, read simply, "#FearfulGirl." "She can't be fearless if she's afraid to go to school," tweeted Change the Ref, a gun-control group started by Manuel and his wife Patricia Oliver, per Huffington Post. In October, Oliver unveiled a 3D-printed statue of his son holding a flower to protest 3D-printed firearms, ABC News reported. (The statue is slated to be moved later this year.)

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