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I Cofl Anijclea States Wednesday. March 22, 1989 Part I 1 7 BOMB: Sharon Rogers Job Continued from Page 1 On Tuesday, the Rogerses communicated publicly for the first lime in a letter to The Times in which they indirectly criticized the school and thanked those who have shown support for them in the days since the bomb, possibly planted by terrorists, destroyed their van. "The image of a burning van must not become a symbol of fear and unreasoned reaction," the letter said. "Instead it should represent the resolve and courage of a community and a nation to resist and defeat the mindless and cowardly process of terrorism whatever the source." Officials of the exclusive private school said in a press release Thursday that they had reached a "mutual decision" with Sharon Rogers that, "to ensure the safety of the children," she would not return to the campus. Sources who asked not to be identified said that Sharon Rogers was "stunned" by the school's insistence that she not return and that the words "mutual decision" be used so it would appear that she had not been fired. But the sources told The Times that she is now so "upset" over the way she was treated by the school, where she taught for 12 years, that she is considering going on a lecture tour to speak out against the dangers of surrendering to international terrorism. The FBI and several other law enforcement agencies continue to investigate the blast that occurred on March 10, just moments after Sharon Rogers stepped out of the vehicle at a La Jolla intersection. She was not hurt in the incident but she and her husband have moved out of their home and she is under the protection of the Naval Investigative Service. Capt. Rogers is at sea on the Vincennes for several days of training exercises. 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'Brought Decision to Her' "She was fired," one source said. "They brought the decision to her as a fait accompli." After the van bombing, Sharon Rogers expected that, at the most, she would only be asked to stay away from the school until the end of the spring break recess. "Eventually she hoped to return," one source said. The source said Headmaster Timothy Burns and the Rogerses spoke twice on the telephone after the bombing, and that the headmaster said "take the rest of the week off between the bombing and the start of spring break. But the next time they spoke, the headmaster visited her and her husband and told her that the school's Board of Directors was planning to drop her permanently from the faculty. "He presented them with the school's decision," a source said. "He went over and said, 'This is it, you're out.' " At that point, Sharon Rogers negotiated to add the phrase "mutual decision" to the press release announcing her departure, the source said. The school's treatment of his wife also "greatly distressed" Capt. Rogers, especially after he had been told that the Naval Investigative Service was preparing a plan . of security for safeguarding the school while his wife was teaching there. "The Navy had promised to do their part and they were in the negotiating phase of a security plan," a source said. Because she is upset and believes that she was victimized twice, Sharon Rogers is now thinking about going out on a speaking tour to urge communities not to bow to terrorism, as the school allegedly did by dropping her from the faculty. "She wants to speak out about the right community response to terrorism," a source said. "She wants to talk to the Rotary, the Kiwanis, the Navy League, to various civic organizations." But at the same time, the source added, "They are bound and determined not to let this incident negatively influence their lives. These are strong, strong people." Contents of Letter The letter from the Rogerses, which was also sent to the San Diego Union and Tribune, read: "The image of a burning van in the middle of the street of our community must not become a symbol of fear and unreasoned reaction. Instead it should represent the resolve and courage of a community and nation to resist and defeat the mindless and cowardly process of terrorism whatever the source. "If we react either individually or collectively without applying rational thought to our actions, we have surrendered the field to those who would invade and attempt to destroy our way of life. "If on the other hand, we press on with our lives, taking appropriate precautions and assist constituted authority in punishing those responsible, we ensure the safety of the community and sent the 'RIGHT signal. "Finally, we would like to extend our appreciation for those who have given us support and to our hometown of San Diego. This support has been a needed bolster in a difficult period." Time staff writer Ralph Fram-molino contributed to this article. I rift' W ,(f "V ( - r HOTEL: Rooms Denied to Continued from Page 3 ened to take it to Time magazine unless we do as they say." Speaking on behalf of the Anaheim facility's owner, Roger Manfred, Adler said: "This hotel 'will not be held hostage by any group." Ken Tanner, director of the Operation Rescue office in Garden Grove, denounced the hotel's decision and called it "religious discrimination" at a news conference in the hotel parking lot Tuesday afternoon. Tanner said about 500 anti-abortion protesters including Operation Rescue's founder, Randall Terry are arriving in Southern California from around the nation to participate in sit-ins at undisclosed clinics in Los Angeles and Orange counties through Saturday. About 200 of those were expected to need hotel rooms in Orange County, where he said nightly rallies will be held. Blockade Plans The rejection by the hotel will not affect plans to blockade entrances of about three to five clinics a day for three days, beginning Thursday morning, spokesmen for Operation Rescue said. The organization, which claims 20,000 arrests of its members during scores of sit-ins nationwide over the past year, has created havoc in courts and jails in Atlanta, and in Sunnyvale in Northern California. Organizers expect about 2,000 people to participate in the sit-ins at Southland clinics, and hundreds of pro-choice activists have pledged to be on hand to defend the rights of women to obtain medical services. Tanner said Operation Rescue had planned to use the Ramada as a base during the protests and had reached an agreement Friday with the sales manager to provide rooms as available, an information table in the lobby and referral information to Operation Rescue followers who called from the airport He said no deposit had been required. But on Monday afternoon, he said, his organization received word that there would be no rooms available after all for Operation Rescue. Tanner said the sales manager confirmed that there was a "political problem" in housing the group. "My question is and Randall Terry's question is can people be discriminated against based on their political and religious preferences?" Tanner asked. He said the group will staff an information table it plans to set up Membership Has Its Privileges' ENTERPRISE RENT-A-CAR Pontiac Bonneville Featuring GM and other fine carl AMIMCAN limilj 3MZ ISO-Ob"! c r raoer ay (8l " " i " ' "3 hz Abortion Foes in the Ramada parking lot to advise "rescuers" of other hotels available in the area. Tanner speculated that the telephone threat may have come from someone who learned of Operation Rescue's plans to stay at the Ramada through the group's telephone hot line. He added that he suspects pressure was exerted on the hotel manager by either an outsider who called the number, or by someone in the hotel. "There must be a strong pro-abort community here," he said. Anaheim police said Tuesday that they have not been notified of any threats made against the hotel. When your business car gives you the business, turn to us. Enterprise Rent-A-Car recommends you charge your car rental with the American Express Card. Enterprise offices are all over town. Check the Yellow Pages for the one near you. Cards (,j!V'

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