The debate over whether schools should teach sex education to minors has been going on for decades. But now, perhaps more than ever, many parents are horrified by what their children are being taught — especially when parents, despite their religious beliefs, have no say about the teaching materials.
In a small California community, parents and clergy were so appalled at the explicit and LGBTQ-inspired lessons, they went undercover to investigate deeper. What they discovered at a Riverside County Comprehensive Health Education meeting so horrified them, they determined to stop the curriculum.
Our Watch President Pastor Tim Thompson said:
“We don’t want our children exposed to some of these things they are showing, th(is) pornographic, sexually explicit material. It has no place in the classroom. It’s not right, and it won’t be tolerated.”
Thompson was referring to Positive Prevention Plus, the text for sex ed classes. John Andrews, parent of a student in the Murrieta School District, was sick over the explicit material depicted in the “educational” materials.
An academic group that helped expose the reach of Chinese-funded propaganda in American universities has a message for academia: We told you so.
The Department of Education’s new investigation into universities for allegedly hiding foreign funding “is sending a powerful signal to colleges and universities: They can no longer expect to ignore the law with impunity,” Rachelle Peterson, policy director of the National Association of Scholars, told The College Fix.
The probes into Georgetown University and Texas A&M concern university assets from governments and companies in China, Russia, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, according to June 13 department letters to the universities obtained by the Associated Press.
The nonprofit Qatar Foundation comprised nearly all the foreign funding reported by Georgetown ($33 million) and all reported by Texas A&M ($6.1 million) last year, according to the AP.
Gadsden County, Florida is a Democrat-run, Hillary Clinton-loving, minority majority community in Florida’s rural panhandle…and has decided to follow common sense and arm their teachers.
To put things in perspective, Gadsden County last voted for a Republican in 1972 for Richard Nixon. In 1984, they were the only county in the state to vote against Ronald Reagan and again in 1988 against George H.W. Bush.
You would think that with Gadsden County being such a Democrat hotbed that they’d follow the party line and oppose arming teachers in the county’s schools. Apparently the Gadsden County School board really does believe in their mission statement — putting children first.
“Florida’s students and parents have rightfully demanded increased security measures, and this is another example of education leaders responding to the call. There are cowards who prey on our schools, and with each new district who takes advantage of this opportunity to safeguard their students, the State of Florida is sending a message that we are united in protecting our state’s future generations,” said Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran.
In the long run, we get the results we plan for. We wear a seatbelt when we drive because we won’t have time to put the seatbelt on the second before an accident. We have insurance when we drive so we can financially and medically recover if someone runs into us. Saying that bad things shouldn’t happen isn’t a workable plan. That is why I’m angry at people who say we shouldn’t protect our kids at school.
For the last twenty years we’ve seen mad men murdering our children because the crazy person wanted to get their name in the news. Why has there been even a single mass murder in a church or school after the murders in Columbine two decades ago? Let’s ask the uncomfortable questions while we have time. We can and should save our children, but some people disagree.
Protecting our students sends the wrong message.
Do you vaccinate your kids? Do you take your children to the doctor when they are sick, or do you tell your children that disease is ugly and shouldn’t exist? I think that protecting our children sends the message we love them.
Guns are evil and it’s the gun’s fault.
If we think guns are evil, then why do we protect our politicians and judges with guns? Why do we protect politician’s children with guns? I think we should stop bad people before they hurt our innocent children.
We should protect our children even though some people can’t imagine evil.
I’ve met people who said they could never hurt someone else. Why should our children suffer because a few people don’t want to be bothered with their own defense?
Ordinary people do a good job of stopping the bad guy. When they are present, armed citizens stop or reduce the severity of mass murder attacks 95 percent of the time. We have never seen an armed civilian shoot an innocent victim during a mass murder attack.
Should we leave our students unprotected because of a safety concern
that never happened?
My friend Ed Monk studied public violence. We’ve had up to a hundred people shot if we wait for the police to end the threat. Having an armed defender close enough to hear or see the attack drops the number of victims to single digits. The armed defender saves dozens of lives..or more. We know that works.
“What is an acceptable number of dead and wounded victims to have
while waiting for police to arrive?” -Ed Monk
Despite the fantasy of crazy teachers shooting their kids, we don’t have a reported instance where an armed member of a school security team accidentally shot a student while at work. We haven’t seen it even though armed and trained school staff came to school thousands of times.
We need the armed defenders near the victims when the shooting starts. We can put hundreds of armed-volunteer school staff in place for the price of a single school resource officer.
How should we protect our children?
Plastic “No Guns” signs don’t save lives. Extending “gun-free zones” from the school doors out to 1000 feet from the edge of school property doesn’t save lives. Disarming the honest moms and dads who drop off their kids in the school parking lot doesn’t save lives. Those are the quack-cures of public safety. These false solutions have gotten our kids killed. Maybe they sounded like a good idea at one point, but they failed the test of time.
Our children’s safety is too important to leave to politicians and the press. Let’s do what works.
I’m so old I can remember when disseminating communist propaganda in public schools was frowned upon.
Last Friday afternoon, I was sitting at my computer when I received an email from Peachjar. This is a service used by several school districts near me in the Portland area that sends home digital fliers to parents in lieu of paper fliers to advertise extracurricular activities sponsored by various groups in the community. My son’s middle school uses this service, and I receive a few emails a month from them. I’ve used the service myself to send advertisements for recruiting events for Scouts, and I’ve received other fliers such as music lessons, sports teams, and the like.
This one, however, was quite different.
Lawsuit: Student suspended because of photo with firearm
Former First Coast Technical College student says her constitutional rights were violated, seeks damages.
A former student at First Coast Technical College has filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging that the college violated her constitutional rights when she was suspended based on a post on social media.
The college did not respond to a request for comment.
According to the complaint filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court in Jacksonville, Dia’mon Dallas was suspended from the school indefinitely because another student reported to the college’s administrators that a photograph of Dallas and her fiance holding legally purchased and lawfully possessed firearms at a gun range in Palatka was posted on Facebook.
Two days after the photograph was posted, Dallas was confronted on the college’s St. Augustine campus by the assistant principal and informed that she was being suspended indefinitely for appearing in a picture holding a firearm.
During the suspension meeting, the assistant principal said that in the posted picture, Dallas had a “mean look” on her face, was possessing “illegal guns” and stated that “things you do in the dark come in to the light,” according to the complaint.
The lawsuit contends that Dallas’s “purely off-campus Facebook communication with friends” constitutes speech protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution as applied to the states through the due process clause of the 14th Amendment.
The complaint further alleges that punishing Dallas for speech that occurred outside of school hours, away from school grounds and not at a school-related activity, and that did not and could not interrupt the school environment, amounts to retaliation in violation of Article 1, Section 4 of the Florida Constitution.
The complaint asks the court to declare that the school violated Dallas’s rights under the federal and state constitutions and that a corrective statement be placed in her student file indicating that she was unconstitutionally disciplined and that her rights were violated.
The lawsuit also seeks damages in an amount to be determined at trial.
Dallas is represented by Jacksonville Beach attorney Cord Byrd.
The case is assigned to U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard.
The campus speech policies at Transylvania University are getting unwanted national attention at a time of transition for Kentucky’s oldest university.
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education warned the administration earlier this month that its policies promote “viewpoint-based decision-making” and enact prior restraints on student speech, in violation of its other promises to students.
The private university has a single “free speech zone,” and students must fill out paperwork and get approval before using it.
The precipitating event for FIRE’s involvement was the administration’s shutdown of a Young Americans for Freedom free-speech tabling event, a day after it allowed the Young Democratic Socialists of America to table for their own causes.
Alex Drury, chairman of Transylvania’s YAF chapter, told The College Fix that theirs is the “only Conservative/Libertarian group on campus.”
It has tried to host “a number of engaging events, but most fall short due to the extreme bureaucracy in place at the university,” he said. Transylvania “has a number of anti-free speech policies which discourage the free speech of all students”:
The administration has to know literally every written word on [signs and literature on campus] and every message you are trying to spread so they can make sure that they know exactly what you’re doing and when.
The student body sides with YAF against the university’s restrictions on free speech, according to the results of a survey YAF distributed: Nearly 9 in 10 students hold negative sentiments toward the policies. (The survey response rate was just over 10 percent: 103 students out of the university’s 989 filled it out, according to Drury.)
“Free speech is an issue important to all students,” Drury said, “and the fact that this administration has so blatantly tried to restrict it that has really angered a lot of students, faculty, alumni, and donors.”
The administration refused to talk to The Fix before graduation on Saturday, even to answer questions about potential policy revisions, as opposed to the YAF incident itself.
Transylvania’s next president will have to deal with the fallout of the controversy.
Campus newspaper The Rambler reported May 13 that President Seamus Carey was stepping down, less than two weeks after the YAF incident. The reason for Carey’s resignation was revealed the next day: New York’s Iona College hired him as its next president effective July 1.
The Making of a “Happy Slave”
The following blatant words taken from the G20 Sustainable Development Declaration, 2018, Argentina, serves as a wake-up call for every family and church in the United Stares:
“… education represents a strategic policy area that has a profound impact on people, the planet and the prosperity of nations. Education is the foundation of personal development as it provides children, youth and adults with the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes necessary to reach their full potential. Education helps to reduce poverty and promote active citizenship, therefore contributing to peaceful, inclusive and prosperous societies across the world.” And to educate and train people to have the … “necessary skills for the future of work, the importance of opportunities to re-and upskill throughout their working lives, and assist them to successfully adapt to change.” ( Emp. Noted.)
Is education really the foundation of personal development?
The UN Declaration eliminates parents, families, and churches to develop personal values and attitudes for this new world order. Eliminating traditional family values is the goal. Belief in God, loyalty to your country and the authority of parents will be erased. Children will be transformed and molded into the new global citizen through education. It’s mental health. It’s nationwide. It’s worldwide.
“… Successful strategists aim for the heart first” — Jeroen De Flander
Nothing in current history has ever been so plain, yet hidden behind deceptive phrases that ooze betrayal. Our children are a target, but the agenda is very clear.
Schools in the United States have been used in experimental research in the area of the affective domain including the spiritual aspect of a child’s being, the heart. The teaching method is called the “whole child.”
This has been the area where values, attitudes, beliefs, and dispositions have been the focus for behavioral conditioning and value change. United States citizens must have their individualist qualities, their freedom loving values, and their individualistic competitive personalities changed.
Change in America is a must to conform the U.S. into a socialistic country including global compromise. Americans must become global citizens.
Re-engineering education has toppled academics for the new psyche wards claiming to be your neighborhood school. The churches have closed their eyes.
Several years ago, liberal professor Jonathan Haidt made a surprising statement about today’s college students. Explaining their inability to handle conflict or anything contrary to their own opinions, Haidt noted:
This makes it impossible to teach. This makes it impossible to have an intellectual community. I’m a liberal Professor and my liberal students scare me.
But this lack of intellectual community and thoughtful understanding of the other side isn’t unique to the students Haidt teaches. Professor Andrew Latham of Macalester College in Minnesota stumbled upon this same realization by accident when he began offering a course on conservative political thought.
As Professor Latham implies, Macalester College has a large population of politically liberal students. Niche.com ratings underscore this point, with 82 percent of students describing the political beliefs of Macalester as “Progressive/very liberal,” and 18 percent describing them as “Liberal.” Given this, Professor Latham thought his conservative political theory course would be relatively empty and a breeze for him to teach.
He was wrong.
In a video for Macalester College, Latham explains that Macalester students have come flocking to his class, eager to engage and learn about conservative political theory:
[The class] is capped at 25 and I routinely have 30 and 32 students. Out of that 30 or 32 students, one or two will be self-described, they will identify as conservative, and the rest are just progressive, left-of-center Macalester students really interested in ‘How could anybody think other than I do? What are the roots of these alternative political perspectives?’
Why this intense interest, particularly in a time when political viewpoints are so polarized? Latham suggests that the interest is driven by a genuine hunger for knowledge and understanding:
Macalester students by and large had not systematically been exposed to conservative political theory. They tended to view conservative political thought as either insanity or evil, but on the basis [of] really no systematic exposure of it. So I thought I would teach a course in which we exposed our students to thinkers – really it begins with Edmund Burke, and then builds on that, Russell Kirk and a few other – mostly American, although some British thinkers. It has been a wonderful experience.
There often seems to be an unspoken fear – on both sides of the political aisle – that open discussion and presentation of opposing viewpoints will result in greater anger, offense, and contention. But Latham has not found this to be the case. Instead, he infers that open discussion and deep digging into ideas builds a type of respect and understanding of the other side – the type of civil discourse that society has been looking for – as well as a personal wrestling with life’s great questions:
Nobody changes their mind in the course of this class, and that’s not why I offer this class – I’m not in that business – but I think the progressive students, the leftist students understand better what the other side of the aisle looks like and thinks like. And the one or two conservative students are a little more grounded in their conservatism. It’s not all visceral, it’s not all instinctive, there’s actually some philosophy behind it.
Is this the answer to the political vitriol we see today? Are many unable to get beyond hatred of the “other side” simply because they have not taken the time to get to know and understand the philosophies which underpin both their own political views and those of others around them?
We hear an amazing amount about white supremacy these days. Seemingly, white supremacists are everywhere, although to my knowledge I’ve never met one. Nor am I sure what “white supremacy” is supposed to mean. Is it Joe Biden’s insane theory that Republicans “want to put y’all back in chains”? If not, then what is it?
The New York Post sheds light on how leftists use the term “white supremacy” in reporting on Richard Carranza, the Chancellor of New York City’s Department of Education. Like many in the public schools, Carranza has implemented a race-obsessed regime that seeks to force teachers and administrators to view everything through a racial “lens.” (Any time you hear a liberal use the word “lens” and he isn’t talking about a camera, get out the BS meter.)
As part of a racial training course for administrators, Carranza or his minions displayed this slide, which purports to illuminate the hallmarks of “white supremacy culture.” Click to enlarge:
So ‘white supremacy’ consists of such sinister elements as perfectionism, sense of urgency, ‘worship of the written word’– I suppose that means using correct grammar and spelling, ‘either/or thinking,’ individualism and objectivity.
I think I am starting to get the picture. One thing that puzzles me, however, is the inclusion of ‘right to comfort.’ Isn’t it leftists who think they have a right to ‘safe spaces’ where they can’t be offended?
A taxpayer funded public school in Maryland instructed its students:
“Most Muslims’ faith is stronger than the average Christian.”
“Islam at heart is a peaceful religion.”
Jihad is a “personal struggle in devotion to Islam, especially involving spiritual discipline.”
“To Muslims, Allah is the same God that is worshiped in Christianity and Judaism.”
“Men are the managers of the affairs of women” and “Righteous women are therefore obedient.”
Imagine the shock when 11th-grader at La Plata High School, Caleigh Wood, revealed this to her parents. More students and more parents need to actively need to get involved as Caleigh Wood did. She bravely stood up for her rights as a Christian. She stated that, as part of an assignment, she “was also required to profess in writing, the Islamic conversion creed, ‘There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.’” For refusing to concede to the sharia and standing “firm in her Christian beliefs”, Wood was punished for it and given a failing grade for non-compliance.
Her case has now gone to the supreme court. “The Thomas More Law Center has submitted a petition asking the high court to take up the case of student Caleigh Wood.” Its president, Richard Thompson warned:
Under the guise of teaching history or social studies, public schools across America are promoting the religion of Islam in ways that would never be tolerated for Christianity or any other religion.
Jihad Watch reported on May 19th that a Washington school district was caught promoting Islam for Ramadan through a CAIR initiative. Now lawyers have sent a cease and desist letter. Islamization happens rapidly if unnoticed and unchallenged. Parents need to be paying attention to what their children are being indoctrinated with and taught in schools.
A Pennsylvania elementary school principal has been forced to stop saying “God Bless America” over the school loudspeaker, thanks to the intimidation of an organization apparently committed to deleting First Amendment guaranteed religious expression from the public square.
Principal Peter Brigg was accustomed to declaring “God Bless America” after leading students and staff in a daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance at Sabold Elementary School in Springfield, Pennsylvania. But a parent supposedly complained to the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), which sent a threatening letter to the Springfield school district demanding that the practice be halted immediately.
Claiming that the phrase “God Bless America” originated with the patriotic Irving Berlin song made iconic by singer Kate Smith and amounted to a prayer, an FFRF attorney insisted to the district that a prayer “hosted by a publicly-supported school does not pass constitutional muster. The phrase ‘God Bless America,’ repeatedly uttered by a public school, amounts to a declaration of orthodoxy in religion that falsely equates patriotism with piety.”
SOUTHBRIDGE, Mass. — A Southbridge teacher is accused of leaving ammunition in a school stairwell Thursday morning before calling police to report it.
Southbridge police said high school biology teacher Alfred Purcell III, 57, of Woodstock, Connecticut, reported to staff that he had just found one live round of 9 mm ammunition in the rear stairwell. The school was placed on lock down.
During the lockdown, police and Southbridge High School staff reviewed video footage and saw Purcell removing the live round of ammunition from his pocket, dropping it on the floor and quickly leaving the area, police said.
About 10 minutes later, the video shows Purcell standing over the ammunition and taking a picture of it with a cellphone, police said.
Police said Purcell then used a school-issued portable radio to request assistance in the stairwell from the school administration and school resource officer.
Purcell then returned to his class with his students during the lockdown, which lasted about an hour, police said.
“There was no kids that were injured, nobody was seriously impacted by this other than we went into a lockdown for an hour and we had to investigate a teacher who was doing things he shouldn’t be doing,” said Chief Shane Woodson of the Southbridge Police Department.
Purcell was arrested at the school. Police said he admitted to intentionally dropping the live round of ammunition in the stairwell to “prove to the school that they needed to get metal detectors.”
Police said officers detected the faint odor of an alcoholic beverage on Purcell’s breath, but he denied consuming any alcoholic beverages.
“This individual acted in a disgusting manner. I feel very badly for our students because it is an adult who failed them,” said Jeffrey Villar, the superintendent.
A search of Purcell’s vehicle yielded 102 live rounds of .20 gauge shot gun ammunition in the trunk, police said. It was later confirmed that Purcell’s license to carry a firearm was expired in Connecticut, police said.
Purcell was charged with two counts of the unlawful possession of ammunition, two counts of carrying ammunition on school grounds, disturbing a school assembly, disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace.
Here we go again — Islam, with the help of Hamas front group CAIR is creeping into public schools in Washington state and parents are fighting back.
A cease and desist letter was sent to a school district in Washington state that pushed Islam onto students and was promoted through a Ramadan policy that gave Muslim students ‘special status.’
This is the second school district that has been caught promoting this ridiculous Ramadan policy just in the last week — and surprise, surprise, the ‘Ramadan policy’ was recommended by terror-tied CAIR [Council on American Islamic Relations].
CAIR also suggested that teachers greet students in Arabic (Islamic supremacy) as part of the Ramadan policy.
Ramadan, which falls between May 5 – June 5 this year is considered by Muslims to be their holy month, however, it is a month filled with bloody terrorist attacks…because the religion of peace or something.
WND exclusively reported that the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund confirmed it has written to Michelle Reid, superintendent of the Northshore School District in Bothell, Washington, to insist that the policy be revoked.
The policy directs teachers to create “safe spaces” for Muslims, plan with Muslim students to let them “quietly slip away” from class for prayer, “privately offer information” about nutrition during their Ramadan fast, give “a lesson” on Ramadan and privately ask Muslim students what accommodations they want.
FCDF warned that if the district does not revoke the policy and begin compliance with the First Amendment, “then parents and students will have a legal cause of action against you and the school district.”
While students are allowed to practice their religion, the team said, and “nothing in the Constitution prohibits public schools from accommodating students’ religious exercise,” public schools are not allowed to have policies or practices that “convey a message that a particular religion, or a particular religious belief, is ‘favored.’
“Administrators and teachers must never be placed in the position of monitoring a child’s compliance with a particular religious requirement, such as prayer, dietary restrictions, or wearing a head covering,” the letter said.
The First Amendment requires, in those circumstances, neutrality on religion, the letter said.
FCDF demanded the school district “restore the rights of non-Muslim students of faith to be treated equally under the law” and called the Ramadan policy a “blatant insult to students of other faiths.”
New Page on the right—->
Bottom Line Up Front?
Schools that Allow Teachers to Carry Guns haven’t seen school shootings during school hours.
Of course, you’ll never hear this on the lame stream media as it’s not supportive of the gun-grabber’s agenda. But copy the PDF and cram it down the throats of your school boards who can’t seem to get with the program that defending the children in schools is a pro-active undertaking.
After about seven hours of angry, sometimes deeply painful debate about race and gun violence that spanned two days, the Florida House passed a bill Wednesday that would allow classroom teachers to be armed, expanding a program lawmakers created last year after the Parkland shooting.
The debate reached emotional heights that had Democrats shouting or tearing up as black lawmakers delved into details about their personal experiences with racism and their deep-seated fears about minority children being targeted by teachers who have guns.
The bill now heads to the desk of Gov. Ron DeSantis, who expressed early support for it. For teachers and other staff to be armed, school districts must opt-in to the so-called “Guardian program,” which allows teachers and other staff to volunteer to carry a gun on campus after undergoing screening and training by a local sheriff’s office.
Even charter schools can be cesspits of progressive indoctrination. If you’re not going to homeschool, please do your due diligence about who you’re going to leave you children with for a significant part of their formative years.
Over the last two months, riots at public schools across the country have underscored why parents choose safer charter schools for their children.
In April, 10 Stamford, Connecticut high school students were charged with numerous crimes, including first-degree riot and assault on a police officer, after a riot that involved hundreds of students throwing eggs, water and soda cans.
“This is not the learning environment we expect and demand for our children in this city,” stated the Stamford police.
In March, a riot at a Vancouver, Washington middle school resulted in nine arrests on a variety of charges, including felonies.
According to police, after they arrived, racial and gendered curse words were hurled at officers, while 50 to 70 students surrounded them and, in some cases, attempted to assault officers.
Parents at the school have complained about the poor safety situation to administrators, but to no avail.
Speaking to a local television station, one Vancouver parent said, “The racial slurs and the sexual intimidation [occur] on a daily basis in the classroom and goes unchecked.”
“If these eighth-grade students will face off with an armed sheriff, exactly what does my 14-year-old have a chance in class while she’s being threatened,” she lamented.
Given the rising safety problems, it is no surprise that parents are exiting dangerous regular public schools and opting for charter schools, which are publicly funded and independent of school districts and which have greater flexibility to implement policies that meet individual student needs.
Commenting on urban charter schools, Harvard professor Paul Peterson has written, “Compared to district schools, the charters are generally perceived to be smaller, safer, friendlier, and more often than not, a better place to learn.”
“Advanced Placement is a program in the United States and Canada created by the College Board which offers college-level curricula and examinations to high school students. American colleges and universities may grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores on the examinations.”
So, in effect, a more advanced version of ‘College Prep’. Your education tax dollars at work.
I have written repeatedly about the hard-left bias in the teaching of AP American History. I finally got tired of writing such posts and abandoned the beat.
But now, I learn that, beginning in 2020, many Advanced Placement students will be using an American History textbook that suggests President Trump is mentally ill and that depicts him and many of his supporters as racists. The book asserts that “[Trump’s] not very-hidden racism connected with a significant number of primary voters.”
What connected with a significant number of primary voters was Trump’s strong opposition to illegal immigration and his concern over terrorists entering the U.S. The textbook effectively characterizes these concerns as “not very-hidden racism” and those who share them as racists. This is controversial, to say the least. I consider it slanderous.
The textbook goes further. It says that Hillary Clinton supporters “worried about the mental stability of the president-elect.” Some did, or claimed to. But many Trump supporters worried about whether Clinton compromised our national security by criminally using a private email servers. Some McCain supporters worried about what they considered (with good reason) Barack Obama’s socialism and his undeniably communist mentor.
Does the textbook air these concerns? I doubt it.
The textbook clearly is using “Clinton supporters” as a device to plant the idea that President Trump is mentally unstable, a proposition for which there is no basis other than raw hatred of the man.
The book’s publisher defends its handiwork, saying that it underwent “rigorous peer review to ensure academic integrity.” No doubt.
The “peers” clearly share the blatant partisanship and mindless anti-Trumpism of the textbook’s author. If they didn’t hate Trump, they wouldn’t be peers. They would be academic outcasts.
The book’s hateful insinuations and assertions about Trump and those who voted for him are unacceptable in a text used to teach high school students American History. Any school in which the book is used should be the target of vigorous protests. The political blowback should be fierce.
Bill and Hillary Clinton tried to bully a prestigious scholarship program into selecting Chelsea Clinton’s then-boyfriend and then sought “payback” when they were resisted, according to a former top foreign policy adviser to Barack Obama.
The episode took place nearly 19 years ago but has fresh resonance after revelations last month of multimillion-dollar bribes paid by parents to get their children into elite colleges, including Stanford University, which Chelsea Clinton and her then-boyfriend Jeremy Kane attended. Among those recently implicated was Michelle Obama’s former tennis coach.
High School Suspends 2 Students for Posting Gun Range Photos on Snapchat, ACLU Files Suit
“Sharing our completely legal weekend activities on Snapchat should not result three days of in-school suspensions,” Cody Conroy told Reason.
The ACLU is in on this for the students?
Of course, they’re pushing the 1st amendment part of this, but we take what we can.
Two male students at Lacey Township High School in New Jersey posted photos of guns on Snapchat. One of the boys captioned his photo with “hot stuff” and “if there’s ever a zombie apocalypse, you know where to go.”
The photos were not taken at school. They were not taken during school hours. They did not reference a school. They auto-deleted after 24 hours, which was well before the school became aware of them. And yet, administrators at Lacey Township High School suspended the boys for three days, and also gave them weekend detention.
This was a clear violation of the students’ First Amendment rights, and the American Civil Liberties Union has now filed suit.
“Young people have the right to express themselves, and, with rare exceptions, they shouldn’t face punishment by school administrators for it,” said C.J. Griiffin, a partner at the law firm Pashman Stein Walder Hayden, who is representing the students along with the ACLU.
The two students had visited a gun range owned by an older brother on Saturday, March 10, 2018. They practiced shooting with “legally purchased and properly permitted” guns, according to the lawsuit. They also took a few photos and posted them on Snapchat. None of the snaps were threatening, and none of them referenced a school.
Nevertheless, a parent of another student heard about the photos and contacted school authorities. On Monday, the boys were forced to meet with an assistant principal and an anti-bullying specialist, who quickly decided to punish them for clearly constitutionally-protected speech.
“Sharing our completely legal weekend activities on Snapchat should not result in three days of in-school suspensions,” Cody Conroy, one of the two students, told Reason in an interview. (The other student was a minor at the time and is not named in the lawsuit.)
The Supreme Court has held that public schools may not arbitrarily infringe on student’s free speech rights unless the speech in question is substantively disruptive to classroom proceedings. That clearly was not the case here.
Conroy, who is now a freshman at Rutgers University, hopes the lawsuit will deter his former school district from trampling students’ rights in the future.
“My school seemed to not know what it was doing,” he said.
Teenagers should not lose their First Amendment rights when they set foot in school, and they certainly shouldn’t be punished for exercising those rights off campus. Kudos to the ACLU—which has been a little skittish about defending speech that relates to guns in the wake of Charlottesville—for taking this case.
‘Snowflakes melting o’er an open fire….”
Modern institutions of ‘higher learning’ seem to do nothing much more than manufacture a lot of whiny spoiled brats who will never amount to anything.
Michigan State incident prompted administrator to allow for a room change
One evening last September, a Michigan State University student awoke from his nap to see his roommate sitting at his computer. There was a video playing, and the student realized his roommate was watching a video of conservative commentator Ben Shapiro.
The newly awoken student then took to his own computer to file a complaint with the administration’s bias reporting system against his roommate for watching the Shapiro video.
“Ben Shapiro is known for his inflammatory speech that criticizes and attacks the African American community,” the student wrote in his report against his roommate. “I thought hate had no place on MSU’s campus yet MSU has roomed me with someone who supports hate speach [sic].”
In response to the complaint, the university tasked an investigator to look into the matter, who was told to work for a “room change if the claimant would like one.”
This report was just one of 35 filed with Michigan State’s “Public Incident” website in the fall semester of 2018 obtained by The College Fix through a public records act request. The documents provided by Michigan State have all personal identifying information redacted.
Through the bias reporting system, the administration allows anonymous students and faculty to report incidents, no matter how private, to the university for investigation and adjudication.
The 114 pages of documents provided to The College Fix shows a campus where minor sleights, overheard conversations and editorial cartoons become fodder for students and faculty to report one another.
Canadian academic Jordan Peterson warns that socialism is so appealing to young people because they are “unbelievably ignorant” about the history of the 20th century.
During an event hosted by The Heritage Foundation this week, the clinical psychologist and best-selling author said that millennials are embracing far-left ideology because they weren’t taught about its disastrous outcomes at school.
“People are unbelievably ignorant of history,” said Peterson. “What young people know about 20th-century history is nonexistent, especially about the history of the radical left. How would you know? They are never taught about it so why would they be concerned about it?”