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Teachers In Trouble For Mexican Border Wall Costume

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The Middleton School District in Idaho found itself at the center of a media firestorm after its Facebook page hosted one photo appearing to show some employees dressed as the Statue of Liberty, an eagle, etc. holding parts of a border wall with President Trump’s slogan and another photo with employees wearing stereotypical Mexican costumes, according to The New York Times.

Josh Middleton, the district superintendent, said that while he doesn’t think the employees wore the costumes out of malice, he thinks that wearing them showed poor judgment. He said that he was “deeply troubled by the decision by our staff members to wear those costumes that are clearly insensitive and inappropriate….We are better than this….We embrace all students. We have a responsibility to teach and reach all students — period.”

The school placed the employees on paid leave but here’s the thing: people don’t actually know the purpose of the costumes. If we’re lazy leftists, we can just point the finger and cry racism. But first of all, stereotypes, where hyperbole meets pattern recognition, aren’t necessarily racist and second of all, what if the employees WERE acting on their responsibility to teach?

Two parents apparently said that the faculty was holding a costume competition in which teachers dressed as countries and, let’s be honest, the border wall is probably one of the first things that come to mind when you think of Mexico, whether it’s in a positive or negative light, SHEERLY by Trump and the media talking about it so much the past few years.

Oh, and, if a petition to reinstate the teachers is to be believed, no students were actually present during the display of the costumes, according to KTVB.com.

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Antifa Teacher Yvette Felarca Ordered To PAY UP

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When we last reported on Berkeley middle school teacher Yvette Felarca over a year ago, a court had ordered her to pay $11,000 for the attorney fees of a former College Republicans president. Yvette had filed for a restraining order against the guy, but ended up dropping the case.

Yvette is having some more legal troubles. You see, after her school district provided conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch with emails related to her, the By Any Means Necessary activist sued both the district and the watchdog, reported Berkeleyside.

Judge Vince Chhabria called Yvette’s lawsuit “unreasonable” and “frivolous.” He blasted Yvette and her fellow plaintiffs, saying “a significant portion of the documents the plaintiffs initially sued to protect from disclosure had been publicly disclosed months earlier in another suit,” “The plaintiffs then dragged their feet in producing a privilege log,” and “the plaintiffs’ First Amendment claims were premised on the obviously baseless assumption that the First Amendment condemns the ‘alt-right’ while condoning the ideological missions of their own organizations.”

Judge Chhabria awarded Judicial Watch $20,000 out of the Antifa teacher’s own pockets. The conservative group had originally asked for over $300,000 and Yvette’s lawyer Shanta Driver, who’s also the chair of By Any Means Necessary, called the ruling “politically biased.” Shanta said if the judge hadn’t decreased the payment, Yvette and her fellow educator plaintiffs would have been “indentured servants to Judicial Watch for the rest of their careers.”

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Massachusetts Freaks Out Over Slave Test Question

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Tenth grade students in Massachusetts take a statewide test with an essay prompt based on Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Underground Railroad, reported The Daily Caller News Foundation. The prompt asks students to write an essay from the perspective of a white woman who doesn’t know whether she should help a fugitive slave.

Seems legit and, actually, pretty educational. In order to channel the thought process of someone in the 1800s, students will need to familiarize themselves with the culture of that time period when there were quite a few people who said “hey, slavery’s the established tradition, but is it morally right?”

But that’s clearly not what the education establishment in Massachusetts was thinking. The Massachusetts Teachers Association wanted the whole test to be pulled and their president said “It was traumatic for [students], so this group of educators had to conduct counseling in their classrooms as a way of helping their students cope,” reported MetroWest Daily News.

The Massachusetts commissioner ultimately said “Students who have already answered the question will not have it scored, and students who take the makeup test this week will be instructed not to answer that question.”

But what about students who did well on that question? Like I said, this kind of prompt tests your knowledge of historical culture, but it’s also an exercise in empathy. You’re stepping into the shoes of someone who maybe has some nasty opinions and you’re trying to understand how they gotthere. You’re humanizing them. Of course, this kind of approach is antithetical to the modern left, which not only thinks you, dear viewer who’s likely right-of-center, are wrong, but tries as hard as possible to demonize you.

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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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