Minnesota special education teacher Samantha Ness’s school placed her on leave after her post asking “so whose gonna take one for the team and kill Kavanaugh?” went viral, according to Fox News. The FBI launched an investigation, according to The Epoch Times, but the teacher resigned before the investigation concluded.
Superintendent Mark Zuzek said “The actions of the employee did not occur at school, and there were no school devices, equipment, or other school staff involved in the actions. At no time were students or staff in danger.”
OK, but that’s not really the point now is it, Mark? She wasn’t soliciting Twitter followers to kill her students and, let’s be honest, there’s a good chance that, in her mind, she was just joking around and didn’t actually intend to incite violence against Justice Kavanaugh. But here’s the question we should be asking: at what point do tweets impair someone’s ability to do their job?
Samantha could be a fan of Antifa and believe that violence is a perfectly fine way to express disagreement. Her tweet could mean that she’s teaching this ideology to her special ed class, which she might operate like University of Pennsylvania TA Stephanie McKellop, you know, the one who said “I will always call on my black women students first. Other POC get second tier priority. [White women] come next. And, if I have to, white men,” reported The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Now I’m pretty sure that any sane person would agree that someone practicing that little teaching method should be fired. But the tricky part is determining which educators who are just “joking around,” as I’m sure Samantha would argue she was, should also be terminated. The left has launched entire campaigns and social media lynch mobs devoted to getting people fired for harmless jokes and ones that definitely don’t incite violence. Sometimes I feel like it’s either stoop to their level, or suffer defeat in the culture war. It’s all about Saul Alinsky!
Profs/Teachers Misidentify Covington Kids, Say MAGA Hat’s The Problem
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.
School Freaks Out Over White Hooded…Monk Robe
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.
Teacher Evacuates Class Over MAGA Hat
A high school teacher told a student to take off a Make America Great Again, or MAGA, hat.
Apparently wearing a hat and learning are mutually exclusive. Something tells me political diversity wasn’t on the syllabus.
When the student refused to take off the hat, the teacher and other students apparently just left. Now I know some of you might be saying “hold on, Shimshock, how do you know this was political discrimination? The school could’ve just had a dress code that banned hats.”
The school seems to have a dress code, but the teacher suggested that those rules are pretty flexible. It sounds like the kid would have been fine if he had worn just any old hat. But the teacher said he took it “further by being provocative,” which suggests that it was the specific nature of the hat that triggered both the supposed rule violation and the rest of the class.
Now, as you saw earlier, the young chap with the MAGA hat wasn’t the one who filmed this video. The guy who did film the video has refused to identify the school. His name on YouTube is Frank Sharp, although there are quite a few of those out there. But if you have any info on the school or teacher, feel free to submit a tip to CampusUnmasked.com or just get in touch on Twitter.
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