Children should be taught the value of their rights protected by the First Amendment. Exercises to reinforce those rights are appropriate. Of course, it would be nice if schools were as concerned about other provisions in the Bill of Rights such as the Second, Fourth, and Tenth Amendments, but that's not likely to happen. At least not in the sense of the traditional, conservative understanding of those guarantees.
Student demonstrations against gun-ownership are now being organized by the faculties of public schools. This is outrageous! Partly because the students are not schooled sufficiently to understand what they are protesting. And partly because it is a violation of rules governing teachers' conduct while on the job.
The Chicago Republican Party plans to file a lawsuit against the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) over its decision to organize students to participate in Wednesday’s student walkouts that promoted gun control.
“It’s appalling that 10 to 14-year-old kids would be coerced, by their teachers, to participate in a political demonstration,” said Chris Cleveland, chairman of the Chicago GOP, in a statement. “A 10-year-old kid isn’t going to have an informed opinion on these political matters, and shouldn’t be expected to have the fortitude to hold a different opinion from everyone else in his or her classroom. This is political indoctrination, pure and simple.”
“It’s a violation of CPS policy, of state law, and of the First Amendment for a government-run school to organize a political demonstration and pressure students to participate in it,” he added.
It's almost as though Chicago really wishes it were located in California. Much of what goes on in that city blighted by leftist ideology is not representative of the rest of the state. At least not of the southern half.
Of course, the Hollywood left is all for this:
Celebrities took to Twitter to applaud as students walked out of school all across the country on Wednesday in support of stricter gun control laws.
The walk-out is a precursor to the student march for gun control scheduled for ten days from now.
Comedian Rosie O’Donnell, Will & Grace star Debra Messing, Star Wars star Mark Hamill, and America Idol host and pop megastar showed their support for the students by posting messages on social media.
Typical. And tragic. And hypocritical. Imagine if students walked out of their schools to demonstrate for pro-Second Amendment positions. Or, heaven forbid, the right to read the Bible during school hours. These same Hollywood loons would be far less supportive of students' rights to exercise the guarantees of the First Amendment.
Parents in other parts of the country are not happy about this nonsense happening in their schools either.
A group of parents from New Milford, Connecticut has hired an attorney to articulate their concerns about the decision by their school district to allow students to participate in the national student walkout held Wednesday to advocate for gun control.
In an email sent to Breitbart News, the parents – who wish to remain anonymous – argue the student walkout might appear to be a fairly innocuous First Amendment event to honor the students killed in the Parkland, Florida, shooting and to advocate for gun control.
However, the parents add, the decision involves issues concerning “adherence to law and policy, the manipulation of minors, the misuse of tax dollars, and indoctrination and political activism during school hours.”
They are especially concerned the student walkouts were organized by the Women’s March, an anti-Trump organization with ties to radical anti-Semites such as Louis Farrakhan.
Louis Farrakhan. Now there's a fine example of what's wrong with this country. And the left knows it, even though they try to play it off. Recall the photo of Mr. Obama and Mr. Farrakhan chumming it up that was buried during Obama's campaign.
Back to Chicago. Here are the rules governing teachers' conduct as well as the Republican Party's complaint:
As the Chicago GOP states, CPS rules prohibit the activity of organizing a political protest:
Political Activities Employees are permitted to engage in Political Activity on a voluntary basis during non- work hours, vacation, or personal time. Employees are not permitted to engage in Political Activity during any other Board compensated time.
At no time shall any Official or Employee intentionally misappropriate the services of any Employee by requiring that any Employee perform any Political Activity as:
Part of that Employee’s duties;
A condition of employment; or
During any time-off that is compensated by the Board (such as vacation or personal time).
No Official or Employee shall require any Employee to participate in Political Activity in consideration for that Employee being awarded additional compensation or employee benefit such as a salary adjustment, bonus, compensatory time-off, or continued employment.
No Official or Employee shall award, and no Employee shall accept, any additional compensation or employee benefit such as a salary adjustment, bonus, compensatory time-off, or continued employment, in consideration for the Employee’s participation in Political Activity.
No Official or Employee shall use his or her official Board position to engage in Political Activity or endorse a Candidate for Elective Office.
No Official or Employee is permitted to use Board resources to perform any Political Activity.
The Chicago GOP sent a letter to CPS CEO Janice Jackson, requesting that the student walkouts and demonstrations be cancelled, and also filed a complaint with the CPS Office of Inspector General (OIG), Nicholas Schuler.
It will be interesting to see how far the GOP complaints get in Chicago. Forgive us for not being optimistic.
Once again, we have a perfect example of the vital importance of parents getting involved in their children's education, and sadly, their indoctrination.
To top all this all off, one student got suspended because stayed in class after he felt that he had been given an ultimatum:
A high school student in Hilliard, Ohio, didn’t want to pick sides in the contentious gun debate surrounding Wednesday’s “National Walkout,” so he stayed in class instead of joining the largely anti-gun protest or an alternative “study hall.”
Hilliard Davidson High School senior Jacob Shoemaker was then reportedly slapped with a suspension.
The student argued that divisive politics have no place in America’s schools and he refused to take sides in the debate,