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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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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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