Last Friday, several parents in Casey County, Ky., kept their kids home because of a book that was given out at schools by the Tri-State Freethinkers, an atheist group.
The book, Humanism, What’s That? A Book for Curious Kids, encourages children to use science to find the answers in life. The book was given away at three elementary schools.
“Our attendance was probably not as good as it normally is,” Liberty Elementary School Principal Boyd Harris told The Advocate Messenger. “We feel like there may be some connection there."
Parents walked into Jones Park Elementary School last Thursday and
demanded to see the table where the atheist books were going to be displayed.
“We’re here to defend God and his glory,” said one mom, who didn't give her name.
According to WKYT, the Freethinkers chose Casey County because Gideons International, a Christian organization, gave out Bibles at the same schools.
The ACLU sent the school district a letter on behalf of Freethinker's President Jim G. Helton for the same opportunity to give out atheist books.
Helton said that school officials didn't give his group any problems.
“The people we talked to were very polite and professional, there were no issues there whatsoever,” Helton stated.
The Freethinkers left five copies of their book at the schools after classes on Thursday to avoid speaking to students on Friday during school hours.
“It should be empowering for [parents] to say what they believe in,” added Freethinker Torey Glassmeyer. “This is a chance for them to talk to their children about their beliefs.”
Sources: The Advocate Messenger and WKYT
A 25-year-old high school teacher was arrested after a police investigation uncovered that she had been having sex with an underage student.
Brittany Marie Phillips, a teacher at Lexington Senior High School in North Carolina, faces felony sex offense charges after the unnamed student admitted to another teacher that he was having a relationship with Phillips.
The victim told police that he had multiple sexual encounters with Phillips between December 2013 and February 2014, and to prove his claims, he brought them a video recording of Phillips performing a sex act on him.
"The juvenile corroborated this statement by explaining that he had a video of Phillips performing [a sex act] on him," wrote Detective Benjamin Clayton of Lexington Police Department in his report. "The juvenile showed me the video, and the video does appear to show Phillips' face."
Following her arrest, Phillips was immediately suspended from the school and her name was taken off the teacher list on the school’s website.
“Right now, the situation is under investigation, and Miss Phillips has been suspended and is not in contact with any students,” said Lexington City Schools Superintendent Rick Kriesky.
Phillips, a first-year teacher, was released on a $50,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in court on April 7.
Las Vegas parents are upset about "slap-ass Friday," which is reportedly happening in local middle schools.
Every Friday, male students slap female students on the behind, reports CBS Las Vegas.
“I actually am going to keep her out of [Escobedo Middle School] until the situation is resolved on Fridays,” Denise Delucia told KLAS. “I’m not letting her go to be accosted on Fridays, that is not acceptable.”
"It just happens everywhere," Amirah Shotlow, 15, said. "It's all over school, just every Friday, they come and smack girls' butts."
"Sometimes they'll do it with their binders and sometimes they'll use your hands, and I just, they just walk around school and just out of nowhere," explained Justina Failla, 14.
“I just think it’s inappropriate,” High school senior Tasha Rasmussen added. “We were young and I just don’t believe that it should have been done. I definitely think there should be a stop to it. Somebody needs to bring the consequences to the students’ attention. It is frowned upon. It is bad. It is gross.”
The Clark County School District replied to news reports with a statement:
School administrators are aware of this parent complaint and have been working with the parent and student directly to gather additional information. The district has a zero-tolerance policy for physical violence. If appropriate, disciplinary action will be taken.
However, it's not just Las Vegas. YouTube has numerous videos of "slap-ass Friday" posted from around the country; some videos date back years ago.
The Clark County School District spokesman said she had never heard of it. A search on Google for "slap-ass Friday" brought up 790,000 results.
Kindergarten teacher Susan Kimball recently testified to the Missouri Senate Education Committee that she was intimidated and bullied by co-workers and her bosses for publicly opposing Common Core.
Common Core is a new standardized educational plan that is being used in 45 states, notes MSNBC.
“When I turned in a personal day request to come support the rally for House Bill 1490, I was asked by my principal, ‘Do you really want that in your personnel file?’ And then I was bullied and ostracized by my administration, a few other teachers and the president of the school board and that continues today," claimed Kimball, reports The Missouri Torch, which shot the video (below).
Kimball also claimed that during some school meetings she and other teachers were told not to post anything negative online or talk in public about Common Core or it could affect their jobs.
"So, even though many teachers were hating the Common Core curriculum, they would not voice there opinion to anyone," said Kimball.
“It has been heart-wrenching to watch my students frustration when having to be taught these lessons, especially when I know better from all my years of teaching that this is not appropriate, but I am powerless to do anything,” added Kimball.
The parents of a five-year-old girl posted a video on YouTube last week of their daughter recalling, with some coaching from mom and dad, how a "lunchroom teacher" told her not to pray.
According to RightWingWatch.org, the little girl says she told the teacher, "It's good to pray," but claims her teacher replied, "It's not good" (video below).
The incident reportedly happened at the Carillon Elementary School in Oviedo, Fla. The girl says in the video she didn't tell her mother immediately about the incident because she "forgot to."
"The school is in violation of Department of Education guidelines that specifically protect this type of prayer, and thus could jeopardize its federal funding," Liberty Institute Senior Counsel Jeremy Dys said in a press release today.
"Mainly because of this incident, we have exercised our option as parents to teach our daughter at home," said the girl's father Marcos Perez. "We live in a very good school district, but we cannot, in good conscience, send our daughter to a school where her religious liberty has been compromised."
However, the incident did not happened, says Michael Lawrence, communications officer for Seminole County Schools.
"The situation as stated by the parent has not occurred according to the school's investigation," Lawrence told Local 6. "We're dealing with very young children here so there's quite a bit of an opportunity for miscommunication to occur. The timing and the issues were very odd considering that the first thing that happened was that a video was done, it was on YouTube."
"If a student wishes to pray at lunch to herself we do not have a policy against that," added Lawrence.
For reasons unknown, the girl's parents have not allowed the school to interview her over the incident.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Marcos Perez is the Vice President of sales at Charisma House, which just happens to be the Christian book publisher of Fox News reporter Todd Starnes' upcoming book, God Less America: Real Stories from the Front Lines of the Attack on Traditional Values.
According to a press release by Charisma House last month, Perez praised Starnes' book:
“We are highly anticipating the release of God Less America,” said Marcos Perez, vice president of sales at Charisma House. “From a sales standpoint, we believe this contest will engage our partnering bookstores and add to the momentum that is already building for this book release.”
The Liberty Counsel told Local 6 they have not investigated the incident independently, but Dys said, "I don't think a 5-year-old girl is going to create or concoct a story like this."
A short paper that reportedly got an University of North Carolina (UNC) football player an "A-minus" grade made the rounds on the web today.
The one-paragraph paper was originally posted on Twitter and appears to back up an academic scandal at UNC that was brought to light by former professor Mary Willingham and former student Deunta Williams, notes BleacherReport.com.
"Some of these [college] students could read at a second or third grade level," Willingham told ESPN. "Students were taking classes that really didn't exist. They were called independent studies at that time and they just had to write a paper... There was no attendance."
Williams confirmed that these "easy paper classes" exist and were pointed out to students by their academic advisors.
"Their job isn't necessarily to make Deunta Williams a better person, a smarter person," Williams told ESPN. "Their job is to make sure I'm eligible to play."
Back in January, former UNC football player Michael McAdoo also claimed that there were easy classes for football players, which were promoted by academic advisors.
“They pretty much put me in that class,” McAdoo told NewsObserver.com. “They pretty much told me... that I might want to consider that class and I really don’t have much time to think about it, so [I might] want to take that class while it was available.”
Lonestar College-University Park student Lauren Firmin and her peers suffered through their Intro to Chemistry class this semester, only to find out their instructor had taught the wrong course.
"She told her mistake in class to all of the students,” Firmin said. “She was teaching general chemistry, another course, all semester.”
Firmin, a previously straight-A student, suspected something was wrong when she and her other classmates began to flunk the class.
Just before the class’ final exam, teacher Thao Shirley Nguyen announced that she had taught the wrong course the entire semester. Instead of Intro to Chemistry, she had taught a general chemistry course.
Though Nguyen proposed to offer extra credit, Firmin only managed to bring her grade up to a “B”, which ruined her 4.0 grade average.
“4.0 students, we are really stressed out altogether, but this just added to it to see what I have been working for, for two years destroyed,” Firmin said.
When asked to comment, Executive Director of College Relations John Powell noted that the school does not perform formal investigations into classes.
Firmin, who attempted to appeal her “B” grade, was ruled against by the university.
Just 24 hours after a student committed suicide, his former teacher took to Facebook to call the boy a “brat” and a “bully.”
“You were a moody, disrespectful little brat,” Australian teacher Simon Cox wrote of the 16-year-old student.
In the same post, Cox criticized the boy’s parents for making excuses about his behavior and described the boy’s death as unimportant.
“Nothing special,” Cox wrote. “Now I’ve got to wash my hair.”
In response to the Facebook rant, the student’s uncle Peter Britten claimed the insults were unjustified. He described his nephew as a stay-at-home kind of kid and loved by all.
Dozens of parents who saw the post called for Cox to be fired.
According to the Northern Territory’s Education deputy chief executive Susan Bowden, Cox has turned in his resignation, which will be effective April 14.
In a statement, the Department of Education apologized for Cox’s behavior.
During Saturday’s broadcast of the "Eagle Forum Live" radio show, a caller complained, "Hispanics, I don't know how they're doing it, they're going to school for free. I'll be paying my student loans forever."
"I wonder if that's how Obama got through Columbia and Harvard," growled radio host Phyllis Schlafly, reports RightWingWatch.org (audio below).
"He's never released his records, so we don't know," claimed Schlafly. "Maybe as a foreigner he got through free, we don't know, why doesn't he tell us the truth."
In reality, President Barack Obama is not a "foreigner" and announced in 2012 that he and Michelle paid off their student loans "eight years ago," which was 2004, noted Yahoo! News.
"I do know there are, within some of these university, diversity programs, where they provide scholarships for, among others and to a high degree, for Hispanic scholarships which is giving a free ride," lamented Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa.
"I don’t know about the legality of these students, you can’t get that found out,” added King.
“But that’s pretty tough when you pay your student loans, you’re competing for a job, you haven’t spent a lot of money paying tuition to learn another language because you want to live and work in America where we have always focused on English as our national language if not our official language yet, there’s just a huge inequality there,” King complained.
Hannibal-LaGrange University in Missouri un-invited a gay student after he outed himself.
Chase Martinson took a break from the school's nursing program in 2013.
He then posted on Facebook in December 2013:
I'm gay. Just so everyone knows for sure. It's official. And yes, I'll still see you guys in heaven. And no my status wasn't hacked.
When Martinson tried to return to Hannibal-LaGrange in January, he was re-accepted and asked to apply to the Honors Program.
However, in March, Martinson got a letter
saying that his application to return was undergoing a “review process" and was in a state of inactivity.
The school's letter advised Martinson to read the Hannibal-LaGrange student handbook.
Martinson called the school's Office of Admissions about the letter.
“I asked to speak to the man who wrote me the letter," Martinson told ConnectTriStates.com. "He said that I had received it because I was outside the moral guidelines, and in the letter, it said two specific pages in the student handbook, pages 20 and 27, which deal with sexual misconduct, premarital sex acts, extramarital sex, homosexual acts."
Page 20 of the school handbook says:
Misuses of God’s gift will be understood to include, but will not be limited
to, sexual abuse, sexual harassment, sexual assault, homosexual actions, incest, adultery, fornication, and sex outside of marriage as defined by the State of Missouri is prohibited.
Page 27 says:
Sexual impropriety includes but is not limited to participation in, or appearance of, engaging in premarital sex, extramarital sex, homosexual activities, or cohabitations on or off campus. The promotion, and advocacy of, or ongoing practice of a homosexual lifestyle is contrary to institution expectations and is therefore prohibited.
"I just wanted to be me, and I never had any idea this would happen," Martinson told Daily RFT. "I thought I was already in, but then they send me this letter saying, 'Just kidding.'"
In response to the Christian school, Martinson wrote on Facebook:
It is very unfortunate that such a university, which stands so prominently on their Christian values, rebukes those who are not within those guidelines., selectively, of course. Well good thing Jesus Christ was never associated with sinners, thieves, prostitutes, cheats, the lame, etc. Hannibal-LaGrange University should be ashamed of itself, it's repugnant. Even if invited back, I would never return to a university where I was bullied, ridiculed and put down just because of the way I am.