Though she denies prompting them in any way, a Madison, Wis., teacher has published some virulently anti-conservative artwork produced by her students on a personal blog.
The students (ranging from kindergarten to second grade) came up with the subject matter on their own, according to Kati Walsh, though the common theme among many of the pieces seems to cast doubt on that assertion.
Each drawing is heavily biased against Republican Gov. Scott Walker, a man against whom Walsh has a public record of opposition.
She claims one of her students said, “Scott Walker wants to close all the public schools,” which prompted the entire class to work on crude cartoons picturing him behind bars — or worse.
Some of the budding leftists envisioned Walker being physically injured, which Walsh said she discouraged. The tamer artwork, however, was prominently featured on her own blog.
“The cartoons started getting a little inappropriate so at this point, we stopped drawing and discussed what a political cartoon was,” she wrote.
Calling the process “an amazing teaching moment,” Walsh said she received support for her actions from a number of parents.
While denying any role in guiding the students, Walsh’s personal political views are no secret. She was a supporter, for instance, of the 2012 recall petition against Walker and has been present during teachers union strikes both in Wisconsin and Illinois.
Walsh certainly seems to embrace the First Amendment as it relates to her blog; however, she did not want to extend the same liberty to those reporting on her. In a correspondence with the Wisconsin Reporter, which initially broke the story, the teacher stated that the publication does not “have permission to publish anything about me, my classroom or my blog before I see it first.”
Thankfully, that is not how a free press works. One hopes she isn’t also planning to give her 5-year-old students a primer course on the Bill of Rights.