Concerned Mother Noticed Strange Symbol Built Into Local School Buses

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According to a recent WMC report, one Memphis, Tenn., parent is calling out the local school district for including a demonic symbol in the tail lights of some of its buses. Scroll down to see a full image of the offending lights.

The mother, who initially wished to remain anonymous because of threats she had received, explained that she stopped behind one of the buses and noticed the offensive symbol. She was later identified as Robyn Wilkins.

“Anyone who fears a god, if not God and Jesus Christ, should be outraged,” Wilkins said, noting that if the district would not be allowed to display a Christian cross on a vehicle, it “cannot put a pentagram on it.”

The network spoke to a Wiccan, Jo Applewhite, who confirmed the symbol was “technically” a pentagram and said the shape is used in the practice of the pagan religion. She went on to encourage anyone upset about the lights to research whether their installation was intended to depict the symbol.

Another local said she saw the mother’s point, adding that people “should be upset if that is against their feelings, religion, et cetera.”

The complainant said it is unlikely any other religious or offensive symbol would be permitted on a public school bus.

“Would we allow a swastika, for instance, to be on the back of the bus?” Wilkins asked.

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Reaction to the story was varied, with several commenters asserting that the mother was likely overreacting to the situation.

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WMC

Others, however, used this incident to identify an ostensible attack on Christianity in America through the promotion of pagan faiths.

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WMC

Given the mother’s reluctance to identify herself after allegedly receiving death threats, it appears passions on both sides of the issue run deep.

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom

Colorado School Requiring Girls To Wear Islam-Compliant Clothing During Trip To Mosque

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A public school district in the Denver area is attracting criticism this week after local reports that students in a world religions class will be required to abide by a specific dress code during a field trip to a nearby mosque later this month.

The trip is inclusive of the three major monotheistic faiths, with students set to visit a synagogue and Greek Orthodox cathedral in addition to the Denver mosque. It is only the Islamic house of worship, however, that warranted a specific dress code. Some of the standards apply only to girls taking part in the trip.

“Public schools are forbidden from holding girls to different standards than boys,” explained KNUS broadcaster Peter Boyles.

The Douglas County School System, however, is “holding these girls to a different standard,” he said, adding the restrictions are for “a religious reason.”

According to a handout describing the Jan. 13 outing, all students must wear long pants covering their ankles with additional regulations dictating dress for girls. 

“Girls must bring wide scarves or hooded sweatshirts for the mosque,” the notification states.

Boyles acknowledged that Muslims are free to include restrictive dress codes in the practice of their faith; however, he asserted such beliefs should not be imposed on public school students.

Western Journalism made multiple attempts to contact district officials for comment. As of this writing, those calls have not been returned.

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Arizona Educators Bring Back Anti-White Curriculum After Judges Struck It Down

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The Mexican-American studies curriculum offered in Tucson, Ariz., public schools in years past has been described by at least two federal judges as a program that promotes resentment against whites. As a result of the ruling, education officials passed a law in 2010 banning such lessons.

In 2013, however, reports indicate the city’s school board opted to resurrect the same courses determined to discriminate against Caucasians. Materials including Occupied America and Chicano! were among the offending books ordered as a result of the board’s vote.

Some individual educators took the initiative even further by introducing hardcore rock and hip hop songs with an identifiably prejudiced message. Pueblo Magnet High School Principal Augustine Romero proudly announced the return of the controversial curriculum and was caught on tape offering a profanity-laced defense of the program.

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Reports also indicate he was removed from a conference last summer after nearly engaging in fisticuffs with a parent.

Then-Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal issued a letter to the district offering an ultimatum regarding its decision to implement the banned lessons.

“I am deeply concerned by the fact that the noncompliance appears to extend beyond classes taught from the Mexican American perspective and now also includes classes taught from the African American perspective,” he stated.

The district is in “clear violation” of the law by bringing back the educational materials, he added, and will lose 10 percent of its state funding if officials do not return to compliance within the next two months.

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5 Ways Michelle Obama’s Food Program Got Totally Shot Down In 2014

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A set of federal guidelines went into full effect this year in many public school districts, leading to a nutrition program panned by administrators and students alike. The regulations, backed by Michelle Obama, were criticized for their steep compliance costs, while kids found the resulting meals unappetizing and insufficient.

As a result, an increasing number of districts have made the decision that a significant reduction in federal funding is better than keeping the failing nutrition mandates, opting to drop the program entirely and develop their own standards.

Western Journalism has followed the trend closely and presents a year-end recap of the most aggressive campaigns to stop the first lady’s intrusion into lunchrooms across the nation.

5. School Boards Erupted In Debate Over The Strict Food Standards

In Florida, the Pasco County School Board took on the so-called Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act during an October meeting. Board member Joanne Hurley called the restrictions “federal overreach at its worst,” while Chairwoman Alison Crumbly lamented the fact that they fail to take into account a student’s size or activity level in mandating maximum calorie and fat content.

The district’s food and nutrition services director also weighed in, noting cafeteria workers have been forced to stop offering popular a la carte items, leading to a loss in revenue of about $1,300 per day.

Earlier that month, members of New York’s North Tonawanda Board of Education joined upset parents in a harsh review of the program.

Board President Colleen Osborn shared the common complaint that her schools are filled with “students of all different shapes and sizes,” noting many have an early lunch and are prohibited from eating anything else until the end of the school day. She went on to cite a complaint made by an attendee that night regarding the apparent hypocrisy in Michelle Obama’s support of the program.

“Someone in the audience made a good point,” she said. “Michelle Obama put these things into play, but her children go to private school and they don’t have to follow these standards.”

4. Studies Concluded The Federal Food Program Was Causing Food Waste Of Massive Proportions

A joint investigation by researchers at Cornell and Brigham Young universities took on the contentious issue and found that the food waste associated with compliance with the act amounts to a whopping $4 million every day lunchrooms are open in the U.S. One Kentucky administrator saw the waste as not only a loss for his and other districts, but for those going hungry in America.

“I have to think that across the country it has to be a staggering amount of food going to waste,” said Fort Thomas School District Superintendent Gene Kirchner, “and I think there are people out there who could really use that food.”

3. Some Schools Opt Out Entirely

A number of other school districts, including New York’s Baldwinsville and Fayetteville-Manlius, Marietta, Ga., and the Muskego-Norway School District in Wisconsin, have taken varying steps to stop the federal intrusion – up to and including opting out of the program completely and foregoing the associated funding.

2. Parents Weighed In Against The Program…

In addition to school administrators, parents are on record as being overwhelmingly opposed to what many see as ineffective and unwarranted federal overreach. According to a survey taken shortly after the act went into effect across the nation, just six percent reported that they saw any noticeable improvement in the nutrition program at their kids’ schools.

Three in four respondents, however, said they would be willing to pay more for their children’s school lunches if they could be assured healthy meals students would actually eat.

1. …But Students’ Criticism Went Viral

The harshest criticism of all, it seems, has come from the students forced to abide by the strict guidelines. Primarily by posting images of their lunches on Twitter, using the hashtag #ThanksMichelleObama, they have been able to express their displeasure to a wide audience.

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You Won’t Believe Why This Respected, Long-Time Teacher In Oklahoma Was Fired

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On her profile page for Catoosa Public Schools near Tulsa, Oklahoma, Heather Cagle described how she had been teaching at Wells Middle School for nine years, adding:

“I enjoy helping kids in any aspect of their life.”

That description of the veteran math and yearbook teacher — while still online as of this posting — will no doubt soon be deleted. Heather Cagle has been fired.

The offense that got Cagle dumped from her teaching job was similar to the kind of stunt popular with teenagers a few generations ago. She stuffed 11 students into her car for a candy run — 11 teenagers in her Honda Accord for a midday jaunt to a Wal-Mart about a mile away.

According to a story at foxnews.com, Cagle wanted to do something “sweet” for kids who’d been working so hard with her on the school yearbook.

So she filled her Honda Accord with 11 students ages 12 to 15.

…she placed two in the front seat, seven in the back and two girls in the trunk. The group traveled about a mile to Walmart where they bought items and returned to the school.

School officials reportedly didn’t think much of Cagle’s cram-a-car gesture. The school board voted 4-1 to terminate the teacher’s employment.

A post at tulsaworld.com notes that school system officials said that student safety is a priority:

Teachers are required to obtain signed parental-guardian permission before transporting children off campus, and “she acknowledged that she didn’t do so,” [school system attorney Karen] Long said of Cagle.

“Also, no parent or grandparent or guardian should ever expect that any teacher, particularly not an experienced teacher, will take their children off campus in the trunk of a personal vehicle.”

The attorney for Cagle, who had dozens of supporters at the due-process hearing before her firing, called the decision to fire the teacher “cowardly” and said his client is an “exceptional teacher” who will land on her feet.

 

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