H.S. Cheer Captain Says 1 Sentence About Immigration, Instantly Gets Kicked Off Team

A high school cheerleading captain lost her spot on the squad after she sent out a tweet about immigration.

Caley Godino, a student at Revere High School in Massachusetts, was required to watch the presidential debates as part of her homework for a civics class. Her teacher tweeted about the low voter turnout in the community’s mayoral election earlier this month.

The teenager replied to the tweet, “When only 10 percent of Revere votes for mayor cause the other 90 percent isn’t legal.” Caley told Fox25 that her tweet was not meant as a racial comment, and that she was merely following the lead of Donald Trump, whose views resonate with her.

According to Boston.com, the 2010 census found Revere has a 27 percent immigrant population (double the 1990 figure), with the largest numbers coming from Asia, Europe and Latin America.

Other students complained about Caley’s tweet, and the school stepped in, kicking her off the cheerleading squad for the rest of the season.

Revere Superintendent Dianne Kelly says the school believes in freedom of speech, but insensitive language is unacceptable. “If you’re going to stand up and say something that other people will find offensive- than you need to be prepared to deal with the ramifications of that,” Kelly said.

Caley’s mother told Fox25 that she does not believe her daughter’s punishment was appropriate.

Kelly responded that Caley was disciplined for more than just the tweet, but due to student privacy law, she could not reveal additional information. “I would just say that, not everything you read is a full story of what’s happening,” she said.

The school is reportedly bringing together a group of teachers and students to create a curriculum about diversity and acceptance.

Do you think Caley’s punishment fit the “crime”? Please share your thoughts below. 

A School Tried To Shut Down Student’s Pro-Life Club, But It Just Backfired

When 16-year-old Angelique Clark planned to put her pro-life passion into practice, she proposed the formation of a new club at her school. When administrators at Las Vegas’ West Career and Technical Academy told her such a group would not be allowed, however, she opted to stand up for her beliefs.

After securing the representation of the Thomas More Society, Clark recently scored a victory in her battle with the school. Though Clark initially shied away from taking her case to court, she explained to the Las Vegas Review-Journal that school officials continually refused to acknowledge the legal precedent she claimed to have in establishing the pro-life club.

Last month, the two parties arrived at a settlement that resulted in the dismissal of the case. As part of the agreement, the school must approve Clark’s club and treat it the same as any other comparable student group.

The Clark County School District additionally agreed to pay Clark’s legal expenses in the sum of $30,000.

Clubs are now being treated the same, Clark explained, though that means all such clubs now have less freedom of expression as a result. Previously, club leaders could include special announcements with their schedules, though after Clark’s club was approved, she said administrators limited such bulletins to information such as the time and location of meetings.

As for the club, Clark said at least 15 students have already joined as another 60 have expressed interest.

“I do have a lot of support,” she confirmed, “—more than pushback.”

The teen concluded that this situation has given her the confidence to help other students who feel they are being mistreated.

“Never back down from an administration,” she urged those in a similar position. “It’s a misconception that students have different rights than anyone else.”

‘Clock Kid’ Ahmed Mohamed’s Family Just Sent A Mind-Blowing Demand To Irving, Texas

Attorneys representing the family of Ahmed Mohamed (“Click Kid”) sent letters to the City of Irving and the Irving School District demanding a total of $15 million and apologies for the incident involving the student’s homemade clock in late September.

The letters, obtained by the Dallas Morning News, demand $10 million from the City of Irving and $5 million from the ISD. The attorney also called for apologies from Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne and Police Chief Larry Boyd.

If all the family’s demands are not met within 60 days, the attorneys promise to file a lawsuit to pursue claims based on alleged violations of Ahmed’s 4th Amendment constitutional rights regarding unlawful searches and seizures, as well as his Title VI protections against discrimination based on his race, religion and national origin.

The attorneys charge that due to the incident, the family has experienced significant emotional distress and has been forced to move from their home out of concern for their safety.

As reported by Western Journalism, Ahmed, 14, was arrested after bringing a homemade clock to school on Sept. 14, 2015. School officials mistook it for a bomb and called the police, who questioned the teen at the school for over an hour, and then arrested him and took him to the police station for further questioning. No charges were ultimately filed, and the teenager was released. However, the school suspended the student for three days for his behavior during the investigation. 

The Mohamed family’s attorney wrote in their demand letters, “The whole chain of events was an extraordinary rendition in miniature, in which Ahmed was treated as though he had no rights at all, despite his American citizenship.” 

Because Mohamed is a minor, the school is barred from revealing to the public exactly why it took the disciplinary actions it did.

Mayor Van Duyne told Blaze TV in September that “allowing the school district to share information would certainly ‘help to describe why’ the incident ‘progressed as it did.’”

The mayor described Mohamed as “passive aggressive” towards school officials as they sought to assess the situation regarding his clock.

Ahmed gained worldwide notoriety as a result of the incident, including having the opportunity to meet with President Obama at the White House, as well as television appearances and invitations to visit Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg, MIT, Google and Twitter.

h/t: TheBlaze


2018.11.23 Irving ISD Demand Letter

2015.11.23 City of Irving Demand Letter

Parents In This US City LIVID When They See 9th-Grader’s ISIS Assignment From School

A Utah school apologized on Thursday for a classroom assignment which tasked ninth graders with creating an ISIS propaganda poster.

The assignment, by a first year teacher, was cancelled after several parents complained, including some who voiced concerns about the internet sites their children would have to visit to conduct their research. One parent specifically worried that their child could end up on a federal watch list, according to Time.

Nebo School District spokeswoman Lana Hiskey said that assignment was given to about 60 ninth graders. Hiskey said: “[The teacher] wanted the students to understand how propaganda can be wrong and lead people incorrectly,” according to the Associated Press

“The assignment came as students were discussing the Middle East, terrorism and propaganda, including the use of propaganda during World War II, Hiskey said,” the AP reported. 

“She was just very enthusiastic and wanted students to understand that propaganda is not good,” the spokeswoman added. 

Annie Langston, mother of 14-year-old student Mikalia, wondered: “In light of what happened in Paris, is that the reason for this assignment? I feel a different assignment or report could’ve been chosen or a discussion in class about the tragic events.”

Mikalia completed her poster, but never turned it in. Her mother told her to rip it up.

Langston said that her daughter’s teacher is very good otherwise and believes she made an honest mistake. The school district has indicated that the teacher will not be punished and is apologetic.

The school is located in Salem, about 60 miles south of Salt Lake City.

The district issued the following statement, in part, to Fox 13 News:

Salem Junior High recently learned from concerned parents of an assignment regarding extremists use of propaganda to spread untruths and misunderstandings. Upon learning of this assignment, the administration reviewed the concerns with parents and teachers. After consultation, the assignment was immediately withdrawn.

America’s Public Schools Are Obamacare For Children

In 1992, the Republicans promoted a health care plan to compete with the White House’s Hillarycare. In the end, neither was passed, and health care reform was taken off the table. Upon taking office, Barack Obama, in direct contradiction to his campaign promises, picked up the Republican plan and passed it. The Republicans are furious about this, referring to their own plan as socialist, Marxist, etc. Libertarians can laugh at the entire spectacle – until we get sick, of course.

In any case, the most offensive and obviously illiberal part of the plan is the individual mandate. A group of Attorneys General challenged that aspect of the law, arguing that it was unconstitutional to require people to purchase specific products from a small group of specific companies. They were right, of course. The Supreme Court ruled differently, of course. Since the mandate does not have as a remedy jail time, but rather a fine, the Court simply redefined the fine as a tax, and ruled that the entire mandate falls under the power to tax.

This is an interesting legal argument, to be sure, but leaves a gaping hole. My challenge to those who oppose the Affordable Care Act, particularly the Attorneys General who filed the lawsuit, is:  are you willing to make use of the gaping hole, in other areas, to promote other freedoms? More to the point – will you do so when it would free people who cannot vote?

This ruling clearly implies that any individual mandate, any legal requirement to buy or use a product from a limited number of vendors, is unconstitutional and illegal if the remedy cannot be classified as a tax. This would not apply to, say, car insurance, because, it would be argued, the choice to buy a car is a voluntary one. So a mandate, under this decision, is only unconstitutional if it applies by virtue of pure existence, and if the penalty for non-compliance is non-monetary.

There is a group of people in this country who face precisely such a mandate. There is a group of people, a rather large group, all of whom are forbidden to vote, who face the requirement to either make use of a particular government service or purchase a government-approved alternative, or prepare a government-approved alternative at home (although this last option is constantly in jeopardy.) They face this requirement, not in light of any voluntary action, such as owning a car, but rather simply by virtue of age. I refer, of course, to students and mandatory school attendance.

I will, no doubt, be referred to Jefferson and his comments about an educated population. I note that Jefferson, living 100 years before Horace Mann, did not, at any time in his career, propose a mandatory school attendance policy, or even a public education system. If he did not believe that his comments justified such laws, I find it hard to see why others should either. Further, Jefferson referred to an educated population, not a schooled population. Whatever goes on in schools, it is hard to refer to it as education. That aside, certainly education can take place outside of schools.

Further, Jefferson, in my opinion, misspoke. He should have said that a learned population is necessary, not an educated one. Learning is a natural process, a most pleasant one, one that people of all ages do naturally, with no compulsion necessary. It arises from curiosity, and from the baby’s natural desire to categorize the stimuli they are exposed to and to learn to manipulate their world. If not interfered with, this natural desire to learn will last a lifetime. Our schools have performed the remarkable task of making our most natural desire into a chore that few want to bother with.

Children do not belong in school. They belong in the world – participating in it, and experiencing it. This is what learning is made of. Education is another means of learning, and is sometimes useful. Schooling may be useful for the professions, but certainly not for children. Children need to learn about the world, the universe, and everything in it. This cannot happen in a building cut off from reality – it takes place by experiencing reality and questioning. Between natural curiosity and constant exposure, together with access to those who can encourage questioning, provide answers when needed, and guide research, learning is a non-variable trait in children.

katz_joshua (1)So I ask the Attorneys General – will you act, in accordance with your demonstrated beliefs, to remove mandatory attendance policies, as an individual mandate whose remedy is criminal, not tax? If not, please explain to the voters why some individual mandates are acceptable. Is it because the only victims are children? Children are more defenseless than others – they require more defense from aggression, not less. Is it because you claim there is social value in schooling – if not education, then perhaps socialization? Spend some time in a school to disabuse yourself of that notion. There is no socialization in an age-segregated building, where authority figures provide the schedule, tell you what to think, and assess your success at following instructions. Children learn socialization by socializing, particularly with people of various ages. Even the limited socialization that can go on in schools is cut where possible – students have few outlets to speak to each other in school, and teachers are required to maintain ‘professional distance,’ which means not socializing in an organic way with students. The school is shut off from the world, and teaches an anti-social worldview. That aside, that very argument – that the mandate is good for society even if it hurts individuals – was made for the ACA. You rejected it there. Explain why it is valid here.

Joshua Katz, JP(L) [send him mail], is Chair of the Mathematics Department at the Oxford Academy in Westbrook, CT. He is Secretary of the Connecticut Libertarian Party. He was recently elected to the Zoning Commission in Westbrook, defeating a Republican incumbent in a year where that party took control of every other board and seat in the town. He is a paramedic with the Westbrook Fire. He was state co-director for Gary Johnson 2012, and is current state director for Our America Initiative. Mr. Katz provides a wide range of services for homeschoolers and unschoolers, as well as children still trapped in schools but seeking to learn while free from school, including basic consultation, direct work with students, and day trips and travel. He draws on his long experience as a teacher, particularly to learn what not to do, but also on the fact that, for the last few years, he has essentially unschooled his students, with incredible success. He has taught Mathematics, History, Economics, English, and Philosophy. Contact him for more information on services available.

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