A seventh grade workbook that says guns have to be registered, per the Second Amendment, is causing a furor at Grant Middle School in Springfield, Ill.
According to Examiner.com, the workbook says the Second Amendment "states that people have the right to certain weapons, providing that they register them and they have not been in prison."
However, the Second Amendment never mentions gun registration or prison.
An unidentified parent posted a picture (above) of the workbook on the "Illinois Gun Owners Rights" Facebook page.
The parent said that he met with his child's teacher about changing the workbook.
“I even told the school officials I talked to that you can’t reword the Constitution to what you think it should be and you should only teach what it is,” the parent said.
Not surprisingly, the picture has gone viral on Facebook.
Some Facebook commenters falsely blamed Common Core, a set of education standards that have been demonized in conservative circles.
According to a new report by the U.S. Department of Education, black preschoolers are more likely to be suspended from public schools than white kids.
While black kids make up 18 percent of children in preschools, about 50 percent of them are suspended more than once, reports the Associated Press.
Black kids are three times more likely to be suspended and expelled than white children. This disparity applies to both boys and girls.
Several education advocates told the Associated Press that "zero tolerance" policies adopted by schools are ushering black children out of schools and into prisons.
According to The New York Times, zero tolerance policies began over drugs and then dramatically escalated after the 1999 Columbine school massacre, which cost student lives and triggered numerous lawsuits against the school.
“A knee-jerk reaction for minor offenses, suspending and expelling students, this is not the business we should be in,” Robert Runcie, the Broward County Schools superintendent in Florida, told The New York Times.
“A routine school disciplinary infraction should land a student in the principal’s office, not in a police precinct,” U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in January.
Sources: The New York Times, Associated Press, Justice.gov
High school student Aaron Pafitt was suspended from school for two days after he led a protest about the lack of homework at his school.
The 14-year-old first contacted Blackpool Council and Ofsted to raise concerns about the quality of education he believed he was receiving.
“I failed my math exam in school,” Pafitt said, “And I was really worried because I just wanted to make sure I was able to do the work properly.”
However, he soon lost patience with their lack of responsiveness and decided to take matters into his own hands.
During the walkout, Pafitt was joined by nearly 100 other students.
Pafitt’s mother was outraged by the school's decision, arguing that her son was trying his best to get a decent education.
Since last year, Bispham High School has been put under special measures because the standards of the school are so low. A report conducted in September revealed that the school was making "reasonable progress" toward higher education standards.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, recently told the Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators that the United Nations was trying to take away their parenting rights.
According to RawStory.com, Cruz falsely claimed that the Convention on the Rights of the Child would somehow allow the United Nations to make parenting decisions for American adults (video below).
“We need to do everything humanly possible to prevent ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child," said Cruz. "Nothing in international law, nothing in any treaty should be used as a backdoor vehicle to undermine the rights of every parent here to raise your children consistent with your faith, with your good judgement and the love you have for your children."
The conspiracy theories about the Convention on the Rights of the Child started with the late Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., and have been pushed by conservative groups such as the Heritage Foundation and The Home School Legal Defense Association.
According to RightWingWatch.org, Michael Farris, head of the HSLDA, falsely claimed in 2012, "My kid wears glasses, now they’re disabled, now the UN gets control over them. My child’s got a mild case of ADHD, now you’re under control of the UN treaty. There’s no definitional standard, it can change over time, and the UN, not American policymakers, are the ones who get it decided."
In reality, the Convention on the Rights of the Child calls for ending the abuse and exploitation of children, including the death penalty.
A Texas principal that refused to let her students speak Spanish has been told she cannot return to her job after the school board decided that her actions were not aligned with the school’s values and teachings.
According to reports, Hempstead Middle School Principal Amy Lacey took to the loudspeaker on Nov. 12 of last year to tell her students that they were no longer allowed to speak Spanish on campus. More than 50 percent of the children at the school are reportedly Hispanic.
Following the incident, Lacey was placed on paid administrative leave while the school board determined whether or not she should be allowed back at the school. As of this week, the board ultimately decided that she should not return to her position.
"When you start banning aspects of ethnicity or cultural identity, it sends the message that the child is not wanted: 'We don't want your color. We don't want your kind,'” said Augustin Pinedo, director of the League of United Latin American Citizens Region 18. "They then tend to drop out early."
At the time of the incident, an eighth-grade student said that she was told to either stop speaking Spanish or leave school.
“She was like, 'No speaking Spanish,'” said student Yedhany Gallegos. “I was like, 'That's my first language.' She said, 'Well, you can get out.'”
Following the November incident, school board spokeswoman Laurie Bettis released a statement notifying angry parents that the principal was placed on leave during the investigation.
“We are continuing to ‘Create a Culture of Excellence’ which includes embracing all students of all cultural and diverse backgrounds,” reads the statement from Bettis. “Our priorities are our students. The district has received allegations regarding this issue and the district is investigating the matter. At this time the administrator is on administrative leave with pay until the investigation is completed and appropriate action is determined. This is all we can say at this time as there is a pending investigation on this matter. The district is committed to efficiently and effectively resolving this matter with as little disruption to our students and their learning environment as possible.”
Reports also claim that local civil rights advocates are calling on the Department of Justice and the FBI to investigate possible civil rights violations after they say Lacey’s suspension may have launched a campaign to intimidate and threaten Hispanics in the area.
School bus driver Robert H. Braid was arrested Tuesday morning after he allegedly hit an elementary school child with a bus route pamphlet.
Principal Jacquie Ward said the school took immediate action when the child’s mother reported the incident, and requested surveillance video from the bus company First Student.
The school did not release the name or age of the child, citing protection of identity under the Family Educational Privacy Act.
“We did see the bus driver strike the student across the face with papers that were in his hand and immediately we called law enforcement,” Ward said.
Police were called to view the tape, as well as parents, who were outraged by the event.
“They were in shock yesterday for sure,” Ward said.
Braid was released on a summons and has been suspended pending the outcome of the police investigation.
A female student at the Milton Hershey School in Harrisburg, Pa. was recently strip-searched by school officials who were looking for a cell phone.
The girl's mother, Trina Howze, claims the boarding school said her daughter "does not have constitutional rights because she is in a private school."
Howze and her daughter have sued the school, Michael Randolph, and student home supervisors Kenneth Wilson and Tysha Wilson, notes Courthouse News.
Howze claims a nurse at the school told her daughter (whose age was not mentioned) to take off her shirt and then "touched [the girl] all over her body, including her chest, feeling for a smartphone."
The lawsuit adds, "After the strip search, [the daughter] feeling violated, was visibly upset, crying and shaken."
No cell phone was ever found.
The suit claims that Tysha Wilson "advised Howze that [her daughter] does not have constitutional rights because she is in a private school and that the school is backed up by the Derry County Police Department."
Lisa Scullin, the school's vice president for communications, claims there are policies to protect the rights of students and the school.
Social studies teacher Randall Scott is angry that his employer, Coral Reef Senior High, would not allow him to attend a recent appearance at the Florida school by President Barack Obama.
Scott has attacked Obama on Instagram with posts featuring captions such as:
"A weed smoking Kenyan is your president. And he is in charge of your health care. Seems normal. If your [sic] stupid that is."
On Twitter, Scott proclaimed:
OBAMA IS A P-----.
Scott is complaining that the school violated his “right to free speech” by not allowing him to see Obama after his juvenile attacks, notes the Miami New Times.
“I’m a conservative Republican who uses social media to express my views,” Scott recently wrote on Instagram. “At the last two faculty meetings our principal had strongly advised us not to post anything. As a citizen of this great country I chose to ignore her advise [sic] which now in retrospect seems more like a veiled threat.”
“The next day,” added Scott, “I’m suddenly excluded from a presidential event.”
Before Obama's visit, Scott blatantly ignored a school administration request to stop his angry social media postings, reports Local 10.
“Because of the sensitivity surrounding the allegations regarding remarks that were made — remarks that were reviewed by Miami-Dade Schools Police and the U.S. Secret Service — the matter is currently under review,” School district spokesman John Schuster said in a statement, noted the Miami Herald.
“The size and setup of the event venue did not permit all of the school’s staff and students to attend, and local administrators were required to decide who would attend to represent the school,” added Schuster.
A 9-year-old bullied North Carolina boy is being asked by school officials to leave his “My Little Pony” bag at home from now on because they believe it is a “trigger for bullying.”
Grayson Bruce says other children have been tormenting him because he loves the popular cartoon, and generally, people believe the show is mostly geared towards girls.
“They’re taking it a little too far, with punching me, pushing me down, calling me horrible names, stuff that really shouldn’t happen,” said Brue to WLOS News in Asheville. “Most of the characters in the show are girls, and most of the people put it towards girls, most of the toys are girlie.”
Bruce says that other kids bully him about his My Little Pony bag and go as far as punching him, pushing him around, and calling him names. Bruce’s mother says that instead of doing something about the bullies, the school decided to target her son’s bag as the problem, and that’s something she’s willing to put up a fight about.
“Saying a lunchbox is a trigger for bullying is like saying a short skirt is a trigger for rape,” said Noreen Bruce. “It’s flawed logic; it doesn’t make any sense.”
Buncome County Schools made a statement regarding their request that Bruce stop taking his bag to school, saying, “an initial step was taken to immediately address a situation that had created a disruption in the classroom. Buncome County Schools takes bullying very seriously, and we will continue to take steps to resolve this issue.”
Noreen Bruce continues to defend her son’s love of the television show, saying that the show is a positive in his life.
“It’s promoting friendship, there are no bad words, there’s no violence; it’s hard to find that, even in cartoons now,” said Noreen.
There is a strong following of males that have a love for the TV show, and the term “Brony” was even coined to describe one of these male fans.
Mom Kelly Miller started creating suicide prevention T-shirts after her son, Noah, committed suicide two years ago.
The T-shirt's front states, “Noah’s Angels,” and the back reads, “Suicide is NOT Selfish, Cowardly, The easy way out. Be part of raising awareness and get rid of the stigma!” notes RawStory.com.
According to My Fox Detroit, an unidentified teen at Belleville High School in Michigan claims that the school said she couldn't wear the T-shirt or had to cover the message with tape.
Miller says Belleville school administrators won't give her an answer as to why the shirt has been banned but has simply cited the school’s policy about “unacceptable attire.”
Sources: My Fox Detroit and RawStory.com