There is a line between a peaceful demonstration and intimidation.
The people who marched to Oakland Unified School District Superintendent Tony Smith's house to protest the closing of five public elementary schools crossed it.
The crowd gathered outside Smith's house Tuesday evening demanding he reopen the schools or resign. Luckily for Smith, neither he nor his wife and children were home. The protesters trespassed on Smith's property, planting signs on his lawn and windows. Some swung on a rope that hung from a tree in his yard. They denounced Smith in loud speeches while his neighbors looked on in amazement. Some kids -- egged on by adults -- rang his doorbell