It was a difference of opinion - literally that, on the subject of abortion - between Washington state Representative John Ahern, R-Spokane, and a group of teenagers who (while on January 21 lobbying on behalf of Planned Parenthood) held a contrary view. Both sides got to express themselves, stoutly.
It led to a complaint filed with the Legislative Ethics Board, filed by parents of some of the students. They said Ahern "verbally abused" the students by "by berating them with the question, 'How many unborn babies did you guys kill last year?'"
One of the parents added, "It was just above and beyond anything a child should have to go through when they visit a state legislator." (Ahern has noted that this incident could be a factor in his campaign for re-election this year.)
The problem is that "visiting" wasn't all they were doing - they were trying to engage Ahern in debate. Whatever you think of Ahern's specific point, it was certainly pertinent to the argument.
Arguments do, after all, from time to time, get testy, notably in the real world of legislating.
The Ethics Board dismissed the complaint, for the (more or less unexplained) reason that it lacked jurisdiction over this case. Why exactly it didn't say. It also missed an opportunity: To engage in a little educating, of the parents of some students who ventured into the rough and tumble and might themselves have possibly learned something.