Charlie Kirk event in Crystal Lake sparks protest, shouting match

Both those in favor and against the event Saturday said children and schools are the priority

Patrick Sheridan, who said he's with the group Gays Against Groomers, gets into a shouting match with protesters on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023, outside the Holiday Inn in Crystal Lake. A speaking event that hosted conservative activist Charlie Kirk was held at the hotel and drew protesters.

It feels like they’re shoving kids into a certain way of thinking.”

—  Crystal Lake resident Joyce Sheridan