Students Gave Teacher THIS Nickname That Absolutely Made Sense Once She Was Caught

An investigation is ongoing regarding sexual harassment allegations against a department head at a New York high school, but students said officials should have done that a long time ago.

Students who knew Valley Stream North High School teacher and department head Cecilia Sanossian had a nickname for her: ‘Toucher.’ Students at the Franklin Square school said Sanossian had been way too touchy with them for years.

“If I raised my hand to answer a question, she would say, ‘Good job’ and rub circles on my back and just linger there,” student Jesse DiMeglio told the New York Post.

DiMeglio said Sanossian would also sit on his desk and then lean forward so that her buttocks would be toward him. One school graduate, Peter Wilk, said the teacher’s actions made him uncomfortable.

“She was rubbing my back and calling me ‘sweetie,’ and it definitely felt weird,” Wilk said.

Surprisingly, Sanossian isn’t being investigated for her alleged behavior toward students. She is also accused of sexually harassing male co-workers. Several teachers filed a complaint alleging Sanossian had inappropriate physical contact and made offensive comments to others. The Valley Stream School District is conducting an internal probe, and the New York State Human Rights Division is also investigating.

“The district is aware of the allegations and is conducting an internal investigation. Due to matters of personnel, the district is not offering any further comment at this time,” according to a statement issued from the school district.

The district has no more comments on the matter and sent inquiries to public relations spokesperson Deirdre Gilligan with Syntax Communication Group. Gilligan was not available for comment. It is uncertain whether Sanossian is allowed to continue to teach during the investigation. She has not commented on the allegations.

Social studies teacher John Brennan said he and others decided to file the complaint after administration did nothing to end the harassment. The group informed school administrators of their co-worker’s behavior in 2014 and numerous other times, but Brennan said nothing was done. Brennan said the last incident with Sanossian pushed him past the breaking point.

Brennan said he had a sinus infection and wasn’t feeling well.

“And as she started massaging me — on my back and shoulders, across my neck line — and I said, ‘Could you please stop that?’” he said.

Another teacher, Al Daddino, said the female teacher threatened him with statements that her husband would “put my head on the wall.”

Brennan said enough is enough.

“I’m mentally fatigued, emotionally fatigued, physically fatigued, spiritually fatigued,” he said.

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Can Federal Judges Run Public Schools?

Judicial tyranny, specifically in the American court system, has usurped legislative jurisdiction–and I am so bold as to add Divine jurisdiction–in our Constitutional Republic.

We saw its egregious head again this past weekend after a Mississippi school district canceled Brandon High School’s marching band’s playing of the Christian hymn “How Great Thou Art” during halftime at Friday night’s football season opener.  

The reason?

It was decided that singing a hymn was too similar to a recent ban by U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves given to the Rankin County School District on July 10, saying it promoted Christianity during school hours after it agreed to stop. So Reeves fined the district $7,500 and again ordered it to stop sponsoring prayers at graduations, assemblies, athletic competitions and other school events, WLBT-TV reported.

“That means administrators, teachers and staff of the Rankin County School District may not participate in any religious activity, or solicit or encourage religious activities at school or while performing duties as a RCSD employee,” Reeves added.

However, this didn’t stop dozens of parents and students and fans from performing “How Great Thou Art” on their own.

Parent Kimberly Moore said: “It bothers me because you look at the schools and all of the school shootings and all the bad things that are happening, and wonder why. It’s because we’re allowing evil to step in.”

Lamentably, America has encouraged this evil for decades. With examples like Engel v. Vitale (1962) and Abington School District v. Schempp (1963), the U.S. Supreme Court established what is now the current prohibition on state-sponsored prayer in schools.

Evil is succinctly summed up by what the Ten Commandments prohibit, and to display this warning sign to potential violators in public was never questioned until the Supreme Court ruling in 1980 of Stone v. Graham that students could not even be permitted, voluntarily or otherwise, to see a display of the Ten Commandments. The majority view stated: “If the posted copies of the Ten Commandments are to have any effect at all, it will be to induce the schoolchildren to read, meditate upon, perhaps to venerate and obey, the Commandments. However desirable this might be as a matter of private devotion, it is not a permissible state objective under the Establishment Clause.”

So, the legal question I present to you is whether this clause has been violated. In other words, does singing a hymn equate to Congress making a law, the effect of which is to establish an official United States religion?

Well, the answer seems to clearly be “NO” for at least two very simple reasons:

  1. Brandon High School is NOT the “Congress”; and,
  2. A hymn being sung is not a “law.” It is simply a song.

In order to find that a hymn sung in Mississippi (or anywhere else) is a violation of the Establishment Clause, the first thing you have to conclude is that Brandon High School is, in legal contemplation, the Congress of the United States.

Crazy, you say?

I agree.  But this is exactly the conclusion the Judge maintains through a “legal fiction” the courts call the “Incorporation Doctrine.”

This unconstitutional usurpation of Federal authority over America’s schools is the source of our issue and something I will expand on more in the weeks to come. You will find out that this overt attack on our students’ faith is part of a bigger plan.

I leave you with the words of founding father Fisher Ames, who provided the wording for the 1st Amendment that every judge I have referenced used as a legal basis to eliminate Biblical references. “The Bible”, said Ames, “is the source of sound morality and behavior in America and that we must never let it be separated from the classroom.”

 

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School District Targets One Specific Group Of Students With Its American Flag Ban

A Central Tennessee school district has banned the display of any kind of flag, including the American flag, on the back of pickup trucks on school property.

Officials in Dickson County decided to take this action after the recent controversy surrounding the Confederate flag, WHBQ reported. South Carolina removed the flag from its statehouse grounds last month after 50 years. This move followed the death of nine people allegedly killed by a man who was pictured holding the Confederate flag.

“While this was not necessarily an attack on the American flag, there were some other issues we’re trying to address,” Dickson County director of student services Steve Sorrells said. “It’s not an unpatriotic act, by any means, because we have a number of ways in which students do learn how to be patriotic and express American pride.”

High school senior Arianna Heisler disagreed.

“I just think that’s a right,” Heisler said. “It’s freedom of expression and I don’t think you should be able to take that away from us.” 

Any student who violates the policy will be kicked out, according to the local Fox affiliate.

Initial reports suggested all flags were banned from the school, including the American flag. The district clarified its new policy after they felt it was being misreported by the media, telling WHBQ they are only banning flags from flying on the back of pickup trucks on school property. 

“Information reported by news stations that the American Flag has been banned in the Dickson County school system is entirely inaccurate,” the district said in a statement on its website.

The flag is prominently displayed at every school in our county. It is also displayed in many of our classrooms. All students in Dickson County are allowed to voluntarily participate in the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance each morning. We are very proud to have JROTC in both of our high schools, and we will continue to fly and respect the flag.

What do you think of this policy? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

h/t: Fox News

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What Michelle Obama’s School Lunch Rules Are Doing Has More Than Just Students Complaining

Western Journalism has covered extensively the overwhelming dissatisfaction among many public school students with nutrition regulations implemented by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and touted by childhood fitness activist Michelle Obama.

Beyond the small portions and unappetizing fare, however, is the financial burden of complying with the new rules. School districts across the nation have had to choose whether to absorb that added expense or drop the federal regulations, thus foregoing the federal funding that goes along with it.

A recent survey by the Student Nutritional Association indicates that eight in 10 districts are now forced to cut spending elsewhere – or fire cafeteria staff – in order to offset compliance costs. Just three percent of districts polled felt the added bureaucracy is helping their financial situation in any way.

Nearly half of the districts have already resorted to layoffs, reduced hours or curtailed hiring as a direct result of the regulations.

“The costs associated with these changes have taken a huge toll on our ability to purchase equipment or expand our offerings,” one source told the Washington Free Beacon. “We have been limited to hire positions needed for our program due to lack of funding. Students are very intolerant of mediocre-tasting products due to decrease of sodium and requirement to use whole grains.”

As a result of the districts’ sacrifice, the only measurable gain seems to be in the amount of garbage collected each school day.

“Our waste has increased dramatically,” another source revealed. “It is shameful the food we throw away. We have the healthiest garbage!”

h/t: Washington Free Beacon

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When A Mom Spotted One Question On Her Fourth Grader’s Math Homework, She Lost It

The mother of one Ohio elementary school student is enlisting the assistance of local and social media to determine why a recent classroom assignment was peppered with what she felt to be inappropriate references.


She posted a social media photo showing an assignment sent home on the second day of the school year, prompting the press and concerned parents to share the image.

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Specifically, references to liquor and food stamps were deemed particularly controversial, the unidentified parent concluded.

She updated her original Facebook message after contacting the teacher who assigned the homework:

I suggested that with questionable wording, he should, maybe, have the pages retyped with new words and recipes he agreed. So not sure this resolved anything, but at least this teacher is aware that parents do pay attention to their kids’ assignments.

The district confirmed it was aware of the situation Thursday, providing a more detailed response Friday morning:

The wording is both insensitive and developmentally inappropriate. It also runs counter to the values of NAM and Cincinnati Public Schools, where we celebrate the diversity of our families and respect differences in backgrounds and beliefs.

Former district teacher Tyran Stallings agreed that the language used in this lesson was worrisome.

“I had an issue with the fact that liquor is being brought in a fourth grader’s classroom,” he said, “and in terms of education, I think that’s ridiculous.”

Should elementary school students be exposed to such references? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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