This School Just Posted One BOLD Sign That’s Controversial But Could ‘Save A Life’

An Oklahoma school district is doing everything possible to protect its 400 students, including giving its teachers and staff the authority to carry guns on school grounds. The school also posted signs to warn away anyone thinking the school is a soft target.

“If something were to ever happen and I didn’t try to defend my kids, I couldn’t live with that,” said Charles McMahan, superintendent of Okay schools in rural Wagoner County. “That’s kind of why we put this in place.”

“… if it saves a life, it saves a life,” he said.

Last May, an Oklahoma state law was signed that allows certain people to carry handguns on the grounds of a public school. In response, the Okay Public Schools board developed its policy to allow employees who meet state and local standards to carry a concealed weapon or keep a gun at school in a locked box.

As a warning, the school has posted signs posted that read, “Please be aware that certain staff members at Okay Public Schools can be legally armed and may use whatever force is necessary to protect our students.”

“(Okay’s) sign might be enough to send somebody down the road looking for some other soft target,” McMahan said. “If that’s what it does, it’s helping our school district out.”

McMahan said protecting students is the ultimate goal of the policy.

“We’re trying to do everything possible for the safety of our kids,” he said. “We’ve tried to think out every detail. I’m not saying we have. If we see something else that needs to be adjusted, we’ll go through and rewrite the policy and have the board approve it.”

The community supports the policy.

“Our kids need to be safe here on campus because we are such a rural area,” said Lucretia Echols, who has three grandchildren in the schools. “Law enforcement is so far away.”

“If someone wants to come in and start shooting, someone should be able to interrupt it.” said Robert Weller, grandfather of one Okay student.

h/t: KOTV

4 Students Bring Small Confederate Flags To Cafeteria… Pure Chaos Ensues, Leaves School Reeling

A Confederate flag incident at a Florida high school last week started with a small fight and escalated to reports of mass gun violence to be perpetrated against students this week.

The incident occurred last Thursday at Westport High School in Ocala, when four students brought small Confederate flags to school and began waving them during lunch.

“An African-American student at the school was offended by the flags and punched one of the students. She was given a juvenile civil citation for hitting, and the four students who brought the flags were being disciplined by the school, officials said,” according to WFTV. 

“Poor decisions of a few of our students led to this,” West Port Principal Jayne Ellspermann said Friday about the incident, the Ocala Star-Banner reported.

Ocala police Sgt. Robie Bonner told the news outlet that numerous parents called the station over the weekend to report threats of possible violence at the school Monday being posted online. Investigators responded by interviewing dozens of students Sunday.

“There were no credible threats,” Booner said.

According to WFTV, approximately 1600 of the school’s 2600 students stayed home on Monday, nonetheless, based on the online rumors.

Ocala police beefed up security at the high school, sending in nine officers to patrol the campus.

West Port principal Jayne Ellspermann, who was national principal of the year in 2014, said the district is now going through the online threats and tracking down the sources of other rumors. Those found to be involved may face discipline for “causing a school disruption,” the Banner reports.

“I want her to go to school for the socialization aspect, but I’m like, ‘Do I just keep her home and do online schooling?’ I don’t want to do that, but it makes me kind of consider venturing into that,” parent Vanessa Smith told WFTV.

As reported by Western Journalism, a bill is being considered in the Florida legislature that would ban the Confederate flag from all state property.

h/t: The American Mirror 

High School Student Says Chilling Word During Pledge Of Allegience – Immedietely Pays The Price

Reports indicate a 15-year-old student at a Connecticut high school is facing real consequences for what he blurted out during a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. As other Ansonia High School students pledged to the United States of America, police say, the teen boy inserted “ISIS” in place of his home country.

A law enforcement spokesperson confirmed that the incident did not constitute an immediate threat to the community, though local and federal authorities have reportedly taken an interest in the outburst. The student was removed from school, though no charges had been filed against him as of the latest reports available. He has since been sent to attend classes at a Department of Education annex building.

Local police explained that the case has been transferred to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. That federal agency has not yet released any additional information as of this writing.

While a school source defended the action against this teen as being issued “out of an abundance of caution,” the student’s mother reportedly addressed school board members to say the decision was unreasonable.

As terror fears remain high across the nation, this incident — even if intended as a joke — has sparked some serious social media criticism.

A few Twitter users were at least somewhat sympathetic to the teen’s situation, though.

Several readers commented on a report published by TheBlaze, many of whom vowed to reserve judgment until more details are known regarding the student and his motive.

BREAKING: 9 Separate Schools In One State Evacuate Or Lock Down Simultaneously

Police in nine New Jersey towns received bomb threats overnight.

Thousands of students in the area had their school day disrupted by the threats, as the local schools were the targets specified by the bomb threats.

Garfield, Bergenfield, Leonia, Fair Lawn, Englewood, Teaneck, Hackensack, Tenafly, and Clifton received threats.

New Jersey schools weren’t the only ones threatened. Threats to schools in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Florida and Massachusetts were also made, according to some news organizations.

One high school in Clifton received a received a voicemail during the night, which stated a bomb was placed in a school and there was going to be a mass shooting, according to Sgt. Robert Bracken, a spokesman for Clifton police.

“At this time, there is no indication of any validity to the threat,” Bracken said. “However, all precautions are being taken in order to ensure safety of the entire school district.”

In the Garfield schools, a bomb-sniffing dog is going from school to school

“It’s a very concerted effort we’re making to make sure there’s nothing there. We’re taking every possible step just to make sure,” Garfield city manager Tom Duch said.

The police in Hackensack said 5,500 of the students in seven district schools are being kept in the schools with no one being allowed in.

One administration official said: “Everything is under control and the police are working with us.”

November, 2014 saw a string of six bomb threats that forced the evacuation of seven school buildings in Bergen County and the Garfield police headquarters.

Congress Just Took Big Step Toward Delivering This Nasty Surprise To Michelle Obama

Like all first ladies, Michelle Obama has used her husband’s position in Washington to push her own personal causes. But unlike most, she has somehow been able to get her pet ideas enforced as law.

Now Congress is finally looking to cancel her most ambitious — and unpopular — program.

The first lady has made herself notorious for creating stricter school lunch rules meant, she says, to make children healthier. But the change in what kids are given for lunch has been met with upturned noses by kids, increased food waste in schools, and anger from parents and school administrators alike.

After years of mounting complaints from school systems across the country, Congress is looking to eliminate the first lady’s unpopular school lunch rules.

Bipartisan legislation was announced from the Senate this week that could end the school lunch rules enacted by the president’s control over the Department of Education and the Department of Agriculture, and without any previous acts by Congress.

The bill, introduced by Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and the committee’s top Democrat, Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, moves to end the rules and also seeks to address the massive rise in food waste that has been seen since the rules were implemented. The bill has the support of the School Nutrition Association (SNA) which represents 55,000 school food service employees across the country.

“In the absence of increased funding, this agreement eases operational challenges and provides school meal programs critical flexibility to help them plan healthy school meals that appeal to students,” SNA president Jean Ronnei told the Associated Press.

As The Daily Caller notes, a year ago changes to the school nutrition rules were proposed, but Michelle Obama promised to fight “until the bitter end” to keep her guidelines in place. As a result, no changes have been made.

If passed and signed by the president, the bill would require the Department of Agriculture to create new sodium and whole grain policies within 90 days.

Kids have almost universally abhorred the lunches resulting from the first lady’s rules. By June of last year it had been calculated 1.2 million had dropped out of school lunch programs because of the changes.

But it isn’t just the kids who find the new mandated lunch menus distasteful. School administrations and lunchroom workers have also fought bitterly against the rules.

h/t: The Daily Caller