Banning Chapstick and censoring yearbook photos are two outrageous examples.
“I’m going to hang up,” Susan Parsons, told the New York Post reporter when they called to ask who had altered photos of students in the Wall High School yearbook this year. The $87,950 a year salaried teacher and yearbook club adviser has been suspended because of censorship and quotes from students who supported Donald J. Trump for president.
Superintendent Cheryl Dyer said Monday that she doesn’t “have definitive answers to all of my questions yet, but I knew enough at this point to get board approval to take that action” because junior Grant Berado’s T-shirt was digitally altered in the school’s yearbook. He wore a Donald Trump campaign shirt for his portrait. Two more censorship incidents have been reported regarding students supporting President Trump.
Extreme political correctness is beginning to backfire against such liberal school policies.
Hunter Spanjer was 3 years-old, deaf and a student in Lincoln, Nebraska when the Grand Island school district informed his parents he would have to change his first name. It’s the school district’s policy to forbid students from bringing “any instrument…that looks like a weapon” to school. Hunter wasn’t bringing a weapon or anything remotely connected to a weapon to school.
According to these public school officials, he should consider changing his name because the hand sign for “Hunter” looks like a weapon in their eyes. The National Association of the Deaf and public outcry forced the liberal school officials to back off. The hand sign for “Hunter” is the official sign registered through Sign Exact English (S.E.E.).
“Grand Island Public Schools is not requiring any current student with a hearing impairment to change his or her sign language name,” the school district went into damage control with a press release statement. But Hunter Spanjer’s father says that isn’t what he’s heard from the district.
“If they feel like they’re wrong, and they’re not requiring him to change his name sign, then there’s no issue here,” Brian Spanjer said. “And an apology and a, uh, you know, “we’re going to go ahead and proceed as usual” would have sufficed. We kind of felt like at one point, yesterday…that they were trying to deter, deter the credibility of this story. And I don’t feel that’s a proper response.”
Hunter was allowed to keep his name.
A second-grade teacher at Washington Irving Elementary School in Chicago was recently suspended without pay for possession, storing and using a weapon in the classroom. The problem was, the “deadly weapons” were normal everyday tools—pliers, wrenches and screwdrivers. Teacher Doug Bartlett was using to teach students the proper way to use garden and household tools for their safety. He kept them securely locked up away from the reach of children when not be used for teaching.
“This school district’s gross overreaction to a simple teaching demonstration on basic tools such as wrenches and pliers underscores exactly what is wrong with our nation’s schools,’ said John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute. “Education truly suffers when school administrators exhibit such poor judgment and common sense.”
A 13-year-old boy at Weaverville Elementary School in California shared his chicken burrito during school lunch with a hungry classmate. He received detention. Superintendent Tom Barnett explained, “Because of safety and liability we cannot allow students to actually exchange meals.”
A 10-year-old fifth grader at Stuart Draft Elementary School was not allowed to use Chapstick, whirch resulted in her lips becoming more chapped and bleed. School officials told her she would need a prescription because they considered Chapstick a medication. The girl started a petition among students and gathered hundreds of names before the administration decided they would reexamine their restrictive Chapstick policy.