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‘Drag Queen Story Hour’ Praised By K-12 Teachers

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Chickpeas Preschool teacher Katrina Green says “Drag Queen Story Hour allows preschool children to deepen and complicate their ideas about gender at the exact age when they are often developing rigid ideas about this concept,” according to The Daily Caller News Foundation.

And this is where I get angry. You can tell that Katrina is perfectly aware that she is force-feeding kids Marxist dogma at the very age when they’re most vulnerable. No! Bad Katrina. So let’s take a look at one of the stories these kids are having read to them.

Here’s “Jacob’s New Dress” by Sarah and Ian Hoffman. “Jacob loves playing dress-up, when he can be anything he wants to be,” says the Amazon description. “Some kids at school say he can’t wear “girl” clothes, but Jacob wants to wear a dress to school. Can he convince his parents to let him wear what he wants?”

How about: can he restructure the brains of the rest of society so that they don’t see him as a bit odd? There’s a reason why people used to — I’m not sure if they still do — dress up as the opposite gender for costume parties. When confronted with something unusual, people are going to respond with surprise, skepticism, and even laughter. It’s not because they’re bigots; it’s just because whatever they’re experiencing is out of the norm. I don’t think you can PURGE those natural instincts and do you really want to?

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Student Knocks Off MAGA Hat, Rips Away Trump Banner

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Kenneth Jones, a student at Edmond Sante Fe High School in Oklahoma, flipped a MAGA hat off of another student’s head and ripped away a Trump banner the latter student was holding, according to The College Fix.

 

There’s a municipal court summons out for Kenneth, who’s 18 years old. But since he’s still a student, the local police say that Kenneth and the Trump supporter’s parents will need to reach out to the city attorney, meet up, and try to reach a deal. If that falls through, the city attorney can charge Kenneth with assault.

The school even noted that “Given that hats were allowed at school yesterday as part of the week-long fundraising events, there was no specific dress code violation. The student’s choice to grab a classmate’s property and knock his hat off did, however, violate the school’s discipline policy.”

If the parents of the MAGA hat kid are out there listening, don’t meet with Kenneth. The guy’s 18 — send a message that this behavior is unacceptable and try to get that assault charge.

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Profs/Teachers Misidentify Covington Kids, Say MAGA Hat’s The Problem

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We know by now that the kid who made the smirk seen around the world was Nick Sandmann. But not everyone knew that at first. Arizona State University lecturer Lillian “Marie” Wallace said that that student was instead Covington student Michael Hodge, and proceeded to post contact info for the college that Hodge planned to attend in the fall, according to Campus Reform.

Others also misidentified Sandmann as Hodge. Here’s the thing: Hodge wasn’t even in D.C. on the day of the incident. But that didn’t stop the mob from apparently sending harassment and threats to Hodge’s family and trying to get Cincinnati State to rescind his admission.

Wallace apologized after realizing she’d picked the wrong kid — but it seemed like she was only sorry for just that. Picking the wrong kid. Not going after someone underage because of political animus or fake news. And she wasn’t the only one.

Colorado middle school teacher Michelle Grissom was placed on leave after  reportedly misidentifying another Covington student and claiming that the boy was in the Hitler Youth, reported The Daily Caller News Foundation. The dad of the misidentified student who, again, apparently wasn’t even in D.C. that day, asked Michelle multiple times to delete her tweets, but nothing happened until after he contacted the school district.

But why even bother examining the details of the story when you can just smear a whole group on the basis that they support the president? That’s what our old friend University of New Brunswick professor Matthew Sears did in a Washington Post op-ed.

He made a pretty extensive analogy between the Covington incident and the Peloponnesian War before arguing that wearing MAGA hats constitutes “deliberate provocation” and concluding that “it is impossible to separate the MAGA symbol from anti-immigrant and anti-minority views and policies….by proudly displaying their MAGA hats, the boys of Covington Catholic presented themselves as embracing a set of exclusionary ideas.”

This is where we are: excusing the harassment of and threats sent to children, not because of their political ideology, but because of your insane, fictitious painting of their ideology.

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School Freaks Out Over White Hooded…Monk Robe

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Lower Merion School District, a school system in a pretty wealthy Pennsylvanian county, sent an email to families of high school students after a photo of a student in a white hooded robe raised some eyebrows, according to The American Conservative. The school district said:

“The robe is part of a monk costume from ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ The monk’s costume — along with many other costumes — were to be used by 9th grade English students to act out the Shakespeare play. The photo appears to have been taken as a student was returning to class for a performance.”

The spokeswoman said “As soon as the teacher saw that particular costume, she realized it could be misinterpreted and that its imagery was disturbing. The costume will not be used in future enactments of “Romeo and Juliet.”

Shouldn’t you be trying to make a white hooded robe represent a monk instead of the KKK? I mean, this is almost like shielding the KKK from cultural appropriation. And regardless of your intention, you realize what this unhinged paranoia does, right? It creates a never-ending cycle of trolls who spread fake news about milk, the OK-hand, and Pepe the frog somehow being neo-Nazi dog whistles, just to see the media outrage.

But this isn’t the first time Lower Merion School District has thrown a bit of a hissy fit. Last month, students at the district’s Harriton High School tried to host an event called Mr. Harriton, an annual competition that raises thousands for charity. But the school told students that they would need to change the name to a gender-neutral “Mx. Harriton.”

A few years before that, the district sent parents a consent form that they could sign to allow students to eat an Oreo. Students were apparently going to use the Oreo for a science lab and the teacher sent home a permission slip reading “the students may eat the Oreo after the investigation if this is okay with you. The students do NOT have to eat the Oreo if they do not wish to do so.”

Just a reminder that the craziness doesn’t always start at college.

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