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Four Teachers and A Principal Placed On Leave After Photo Shows Them Holding A Noose…And Smiling

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What were these women thinking?

KABC-TV has reported that four teachers and the principal of the Summerwinds Elementary School in Palmdale, CA were placed on leave last week after an inflammatory photograph of them appeared on social media. The photograph, taken by the principal, shows one teacher holding the noose and all four smiling.

One parent told KABC that “the noose had been hung from a tree on the school’s campus and someone had taken a video of the teachers laughing and joking about it.”

According to KABC, “some parents were so upset about the photo that they either temporarily or permanently pulled their kids out of the school Thursday.”

Another parent, Breyan Clemmons, who had decided to pull her child out of the school told a reporter from the Antelope Valley Press, “It hurts. It absolutely hurts me to the core. It’s disgusting and I’m outraged, and I want to see some action and not just administrative leave. We think that we’re sending them to a school; they’re safe. Never do we think we’re sending them to a plantation where they got nooses hanging up, and holding on to nooses.”

And parent Tierra Harris, told her daughter, “Do you know what they use that for? They use that to hang African-American people — that’s what they do — and kill them.”

The superintendent of the school district, Raul Maldonado, issued a statement apologizing for this unfortunate incident. He wrote:

Late afternoon (May 8th) it has been brought to the Palmdale School District’s attention that an incident involving the discovery of a noose and possibly inappropriate responses to that discovery occurred at Summerwind Elementary School. The Principal has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation of the matter…

As the Superintendent of Palmdale School District, I am appalled that this incident occurred. I am committed to the Palmdale Promise’s values of equity, integrity, and multiculturalism, and I know that most of the District believe in the same values the Promise upholds. We will not allow the hurtful actions of a few hold back our District’s pledge to do right by our community.

We thank you for your patience and understanding. We will continue to provide fair, equitable, and quality education to our students.

There is no excuse for such an act of callousness, poor judgement and just plain stupidity.

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Trinity University Administration Rejects Student Government’s Call to Ban Chick-Fil-A

Score one for common sense: administrators at Trinity University have rejected a resolution passed by their Student Government Association (SGA) to ban Chick-fil-A from being a vendor at the on-campus food court.

As RedState reported yesterday, the SGA voted unanimously to send a resolution to the administration calling for Chick-fil-A to be ban from the food court, citing the company’s “values regarding the LGBT+ community,” which they said were in conflict with Trinity’s values of “diversity and inclusion.” No examples were cited of any actual incidents of discrimination on campus against any Chick-fil-A employee or customer on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other category.

Chick-fil-A does not have a permanent location on the Trinity campus but has been included in a rotation of offerings from chain restaurants, typically appearing on the menu every two weeks.

We can now report that cooler heads have prevailed. Friday afternoon, Tess Coody-Anders, Trinity’s Vice President for Strategic Communications and Marketing, sent an email on a Trinity listserv stating that the contract with Chick-fil-A would not be cancelled.

“We do not make vendor decisions based on political or religious beliefs,” wrote Coody-Anders, who is herself a Trinity alumna.

A screen cap of the email was provided to RedState, and the text is quoted below:

As you may know, SGA recently recommended Trinity remove Chick-fil-A from rotation in Revolve [the food court]. The University has reviewed the request and responded with the following decision, which was recently shared with the leadership of SGA:

As primarily a student service, vendor selection for Revolve was and will continue to be based on utilization, variety of options, vendor performance and campus-wide feedback. We do not make vendor decisions based on political or religious beliefs. Based on these criteria, Chick-fil-A appears to be a preferred vendor by students and the broader Trinity community.

As such, we will not recommend that Aramark remove Chick-fil-A from rotation at Revolve. We appreciate the dialogue initiated at the end of this semester and encourage students to engage with faculty and staff to further explore critical issues. Our assessment of vendors, including soliciting input from students, faculty and staff, will continue annually.

In other words, the chicken sandwiches are delicious, students like them, so the university will continue to sell them. Trinity students will remain free to choose if they want to buy them or not. Ah, capitalism!

Read yesterday’s story about the controversy: Student Government At Christian College In Texas Votes To Oust Chick-Fil-A From Campus.

Read my RedState article archive here.

Follow Sarah Rumpf on Twitter: @rumpfshaker.

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12 books to add to your child’s summer reading list

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Pre-K and Kindergarten
Strega Nona and Her Tomatoes by Tomie dePaola

Peeper and Zeep by Adam Gudeon

I See a Cat by Paul Meisel

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Elementary
Grand Canyon by Jason Chin

Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell

The Secret Kingdom: Nek Chand, a Changing India, and a Hidden World of Art by Barb Rosenstock

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Middle School
The Pants Project by Cat Clarke

Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart

Cloud and Wallfish by Anne Nesbet

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High School
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X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon

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Teacher Gives Student Private Transgender Lessons Without Telling Parents

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Parents are suing a school district in Oregon after a teacher kept their eight year-old son in from recess for several days to educate him about being transgendered.

According to the Statesman Journal, the boy’s second-grade teacher saw him using a staff restroom and assumed that it was due to gender identity issues. In reality, the student has a medical condition so he was allowed to use the staff bathroom. Without asking the student why he was using that bathroom, or asking the parents for permission, this teacher took it upon herself to help the young child with the gender identity issues she incorrectly assumed he was working through.

According to the complaint, the teacher kept him back from recess to show him books and movies “in an effort to promote (him) becoming transgender.”

The Statesman Journal reports that:

The complaint also alleges the following:

In April 2018, without notifying the parents and without any authorization from the school district, the teacher began developing a lesson plan to help the boy understand what it meant to be transgender.

She then began keeping the student inside the classroom alone during recess at least three times to show him videos and teach him “it is acceptable to become transgender.”

These lessons included episodes of the reality television series “I Am Jazz” about a transgender girl named Jazz Jennings, books “I Am Jazz” and “Who are You? The Kid’s Guide to Gender Identity” and discussions on the difference between male and female body parts.

The books and show, which were recommended by an “unknown non-school employee transgender individual,” exposed the boy to sexual topics and sexual discussions, according to the lawsuit.

During the lessons, the student was not allowed to go outside for recess until he finished the videos or books.

At the end of the week, the teacher sent home materials to read and share with his family. It was only then that his parents became aware of what was happening at school.

“(They) were extremely shocked to find out that she would expose (their son) to various sexual concepts, such as the difference between male and female body parts,” the family’s attorney Edgar Diaz said in the lawsuit.

After the child’s parents complained, the school simply told the teacher to follow school policy about teaching controversial topics and let parents know if a child’s school schedule is going to be altered. They also reportedly discounted the issues the boy was now facing, saying “if this happened in Portland, it would not be a big deal.”

The lessons had lasting damage, according to the lawsuit. According to the report:

The boy became confused about whether he going to turn into a girl. He now shies away from playing with “girl” toys or playing “girl-related” games. He underwent personality changes, becoming more depressed, aggressive and isolated and now attends counseling.

“He has also become afraid of attending his current school, seeing (the teacher) and using the boys’ bathroom,” Diaz said in the complaint.

His parents have also struggled with anxiety, stress and depression following the incident.

While these incidents took place nearly a year ago, the child is still confused by them, his mother says. She told Fox 12 Oregon “Still today, a year later, if he plays with my niece, he’s a girl in that moment… if he plays with my nephew, he’s a boy.”

His father said that this isn’t about his son’s gender identity, it’s about the ease with which the teacher pulled him aside and shared confusing material with him that should have required parental consent. “He can be whatever he wants, I don’t care what he is. I just want him to be my happy son and I feel like she messed that up. It frustrates me that my son can be influenced that drastically, and nothing be done about it they just wanted to sweep it under the rug.”

The lawsuit is asking for $79,000 for counseling, medication, doctor’s appointments, and therapy as well as 920,000 in non-economic damages.

 

 

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4 TV shows that are fun for kids to watch—and are educational, too

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Top Chef Junior
Ideal age: 10 and up
Twelve children who love the kitchen compete in a series of cooking challenges.
Benefit: May inspire the kids watching to try cooking for the first time.
Find it: Hulu

Series of Unfortunate Events
Ideal age: 10 and up
Three orphans navigate rough waters after their parents’ untimely death.
Benefit: Packed with literary references that may inspire kids to read—they can read the books, then watch the show.
Find it: Netflix

Bill Nye the Science Guy
Ideal age: 7 and up
Bill Nye conducts science experiments and explains STEM concepts with humor.
Benefit: This oldie but goodie instills science concepts in a fun and easy-to-follow way.
Find it: 31 episodes are available on Netflix.

Hilda
Ideal age: 6 and up
A Nordic girl in the fictional city of Trollberg goes on unexpected adventures.
Benefit: Celebrates the value of teamwork and friendship, and encourages a love of flora and fauna.
Find it: Netflix

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Here’s how to help your child avoid summer learning loss this year

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For children, it’s obvious what summer’s about. Wasting the day in front of the TV, hanging with friends or maybe exploring the outdoors. But for many parents, it’s an uncertain time of year. Summer learning loss, or “the summer slide,” threatens all the progress children made in the classroom during the year, and parents don’t always know the right way to combat it.

“On average, students’ achievement scores declined over summer vacation by one month’s worth of school-year learning,” according to a 2017 report from the Brookings Institution. Reading loss in particular is most dramatic for lower income students, and a lack of learning opportunity for elementary-aged students over the summer can also result in achievement gaps in high school, according to Brookings.

“It’s typical to have kids come back in the fall with a little bit of a slide,” says Erica Allder, a fourth-grade teacher at Frederick Douglass Elementary School in Leesburg and a Loudoun Education Association representative. “Keeping them going in their reading—and writing about what they’re reading—and even just practicing math facts, are the basic things that will keep them on track for where they need to be.”

For children K-12, establishing a daily learning routine, immersing themselves in reading of their choice and going on educational trips—even if it’s just to the library—can help preserve the knowledge they acquired during the year, according to Allder.

The National Education Association (NEA) cites research from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville that revealed “giving kids 12 books to read over the summer was as effective as summer school in raising the students’ reading scores.” Allder echoes the idea that reading can be a panacea for summer learning loss.

“The biggest thing I always tell everybody is just to keep them reading,” she says. “Kids are going to have their preferences just like we do as adult readers. I tell my students and I tell my parents that as long as they’re reading and they’re still enjoying it—especially at a young age when you’re trying not to depress their love of reading—let them read whatever and whenever they want.”

The NEA encourages parents to stay consistent throughout the summer with the educational resources their children have during the school year. Depending on the child, this could mean the structure of a weekly tutor (see page 101 for more about summer tutors), or enrollment in summer school or other academic summer programs. Before making a summer plan, checking in with teachers is a must, Allder says.

“I’ve had parents in the past just send me an email or even call to say, ‘Hey, we’re trying to make a plan for the summer, I noticed they were having trouble with this this year, what do you think we should do?’” she says. “The biggest piece—and I tell all my parents this—is just to keep in contact with me. I’ll let you know when I see things going awry, and I hope you do the same thing because I don’t see [your child] at home and you don’t see them while they’re here.”

As you talk to your child’s teachers and start planning for summer, comb through our summer slump guide to Northern Virginia to learn more about local summer learning options. Summer may be a time to unwind, but this halcyon season doesn’t have to be a wash.

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Active Learning

NoVA has a summer activity for every student—whether they’re mad for science, really dig history or are most vocal about the arts.

STEM
Science- and math-focused summer programs in NoVA can build on a student’s love for STEM subjects. If your child has an affinity for math and science, there are local activities to teach them coding, robot-making, aviation, natural sciences and more.

Engineering programs, because they teach both math and science concepts through hands-on challenges, are great catch-all summer activities for STEM-loving students. Engineering For Kids of Northern Virginia offers engineering-, robotics- and coding-based enrichment classes and camps for students ages 4 to 14. Its summer camps are wide-ranging in subjects—covering the engineering of power and energy, the engineering of cities and the engineering of travel. Engineering for Kids weaves adjacent subjects, including math, game design and even entrepreneurship, throughout its summer camps, too, to give students greater variety. Middle school-aged attendees will get a foundation in STEM subjects they might see in high school, while elementary-aged attendees might learn for the first time how they can build, create and experiment via math and science.

Engineering for Kids’ hosts morning, afternoon and all-day summer camps in Loudoun and Prince William counties from June to August. Camps range in price (call 703-997-1919 for pricing), and are tailored to age groups of 5 to 7, 8 to 12 and 9 to 13.

Field Trip
The demonstration gardens at Potomac Overlook Regional Park in Arlington teach students about organic vegetable growing and the various plants and insects native to our environment. Children can learn more about the natural world at the park’s James I. Mayer Center for Environmental Education or have an outdoor adventure along the hiking trails.

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Reading

If you search for “reading programs in Northern Virginia,” you’ll have a lot to read up on. Our area is chock-full of programs to stoke students’ love of the written word. Fairfax, Loudoun, Arlington and Prince William counties all have summer programs that encourage reading, often incentivizing it by offering prizes. Loudoun County Public Library’s Summer Reading Challenge emboldens students to get curious about new subjects—pairing related reading suggestions with weekly events led by a guest speaker or educational group at Loudoun’s various library branches. “Explore the Universe” is the theme for 2019’s program, which will start on June 10, and run for eight weeks, according to Sam Mull, who coordinates children’s and teens’ programming and community engagement for the libraries.

“All of our presenters encourage reading as a way to learn more,” Mull says. “It’s just encouraging them to read about anything they might have a passion for. It’s all about sparking the joy of learning.”

The program is ideal for parents who want a one-stop summer activity because it engages children in new subjects—like the didgeridoo or rainforest reptiles—while prioritizing reading. Pre-readers, children, teens and adults can enter to win prize baskets worth around $250 at each of Loudoun’s nine branches while the program is running.

Field Trip
Students of all ages will enjoy exploring Library of Congress’ symbolic art and historic architecture on a free guided tour. Browsing historical newspapers, maps and political cartoons on display is a great activity for high school students—it might even inspire them to apply for a Library of Congress internship in the future.

History

NoVA students with an interest in history should look no further than Alexandria’s historic district for summertime activities. The third oldest historic district in the country, Old Town Alexandria has more than 40 sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It also has an active preservation community that students can get involved with.

The Alexandria Archaeology Museum hosts the Alexandria Archaeology Summer Camp for history fans ages 12 to 15. Students who enroll get to dig at an actual historical site in Alexandria and, with the help of professionals, learn to properly excavate, record and process artifacts they uncover. Not only does the camp teach history and show students what a future career in archaeology might be like, it also instills the importance of community stewardship. When students aren’t at the historical site, they’ll discover more artifacts from past digs on display in the museum, which is located on the third floor of an iconic historic building: the Torpedo Factory Art Center.

Parents can register their children online via alexandriava.gov. The camp takes place July 15 through 19, and it costs $400 with opportunities for scholarships available.

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Field Trip
Though summer is a peak season for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, it may still be easier to get in than it is during the school year. Parents with time available during the workweek can try taking their kids at Walk-Up Weekday entry time, which starts at 1 p.m. (Monday-Friday), or snag same-day passes online starting at 6:30 .am. (Monday-Sunday).

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The Arts

Arts-based educational programs can lessen the summer brain drain, according to a recent study of such programs in Baltimore County Public Schools. With this in mind, aspiring young musicians, actors and visual artists in NoVA should sign up for summer programs that will allow their creative talents to flourish.

Mason Community Arts Academy at George Mason University holds summer arts camps in just about every discipline you can think of—all taught by university professors, master’s degree candidates or teaching artists. Along with music camps to help young string musicians, flutists, percussionists, pianists and guitarists hone their skills, Mason also offers summer programs in songwriting, film scoring, music production and music theory. A program for 5- to 8-year-olds with no musical experience gives younger ones a chance to sample different instruments, too. Mason’s theater camps teach students about acting, singing and dancing, while a workshop for 15-year-olds gives a behind-the-scenes look at technical stage production. Visual arts offerings are just as varied—with camps in stop-motion animation, digital photography, anime and more available.

Though varied in medium, most arts camps at Mason cost around $400 and run for one week. Camps are appropriate for a variety of ages—from eight to 18—and start in June and go through August.

Field Trip
A visit to a makerspace can teach young artists how to use new tools and connect with other creatives in their community. The Hirshhorn’s ARTLAB is a free makerspace for students ages 13 to 19—equipped with 3D printers, DSLR cameras and open from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The Brambleton, Sterling and Rust libraries in Loudoun County have makerspaces, too, and makerspace librarians who can answer questions about the available artists’ tools.

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The Tutors

Does my child need a summer tutor?
Some students benefit from seeing a tutor once a week over the summer, particularly if they struggle with certain subjects during the year. For older teens, summer is an ideal time to start SAT prep with a tutor because it can be easier to focus without school work to worry about. While all ages can benefit from a tutor, asking your child’s teacher if it’s needed and paying attention to their achievements and struggles is the best way to tell.

“It depends on the kid and the family, and you have to do what works for you,” Allder says. Using bridge books to keep school subjects top of mind and reading routinely can be just as effective at fighting summer learning loss for many students, she says.

Where can I find tutors?
It would be bad practice for a teacher to tutor their student during the year. However, some teachers are open to tutoring a student over the summer once they’re no longer in their class. Allder suggests that parents ask their child’s teacher if they’re open to summer tutoring or if they can recommend other teachers who might be. If your child’s teacher can’t recommend a tutor, check if the public school system in your county has a parent resource center with a suggested tutor list.

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The Summer Job Search

Are summer jobs a must for college admissions? The answer is no if you ask Colleen Ganjian, owner of DC College Counseling in Vienna.
Colleges are impressed by summer activities that connect directly to students’ passions and demonstrate their dedication—and those activities are not always a summer internship spent on Facebook Messenger. Considering that fewer teens have jobs in NoVA, working an average type of job can help them stand out when it comes time to apply for college, Ganjian says.

“If a student is working at a prestigious bank or engineering firm or architecture firm, all that is great and would enhance their application. But if a student is working retail or as a waitress, and they’re doing that for 60 hours a week, anybody reading that application is going to know that that was really hard work,” she says. “It’s almost like a throwback to previous generations. So many parents go, ‘Well, I was flipping burgers over the summer. I want something better for my [child] that’s going to get them into Harvard.’ And in reality, Harvard is fine with somebody flipping burgers.”

Your child might still land a dream summer job related to their passion or decide on rewarding summer work in retail or food service—whatever they set their sights on, Ganjian has universal tips to help.

Top Tips for Job-Seeking Teens

Use their own networks
When teens ask adults in their own network—a neighbor they’ve babysat for or the parent of a friend—if they know of any summer job opportunities related to their interests, it can lead to a better experience and shows colleges that they’re self-starters, Ganjian says.

Be respectful and prepared
Asking questions during an interview is a must for teen job-seekers—whether they’re interviewing at NIH or the Gap. “They need to have an idea of the brand and just show that they’ve done their homework,” Ganjian says. Once they’ve landed the job, kids should respect the job length listed on the description (even if it conflicts with a vacation) and be a good teammate to co-workers, too.

Hone their interests
Today, teens should focus less on being a jack-of-all trades who can play the piano, volunteer every week and work part time. Instead they should focus on pursuits they find meaningful and enjoyable, and bring that intention to a summer job search. “Colleges really want to see a kid who has a general idea of what they want to study, even if they change their mind,” Ganjian says.

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The Summer Reading List

It might be tempting to force certain book titles on your children, but they have their own ideas when it comes to reading. They might prefer graphic novels and comics to chapter books, or fantasy to nonfiction, but the most important thing to focus on is that they’re reading often and enjoying it, says Erica Allder, a fourth-grade teacher at Frederick Douglass Elementary School in Leesburg and a Loudoun Education Association representative. Gamifying the summer reading process can also help keep kids reading a variety of titles at a high volume.

“I’ve done a bingo board before where they can read any book they want in different places, or read different types of books to expose them to different genres,” Allder says, referring to her own children.

Kids can get more out of reading by journaling about books or discussing them with siblings or mentors, Allder says. If you and your child aren’t sure what to read next, then thumb through the latest titles at your local library or ask a children’s librarian for ideas.

“My message is to talk to the branch staff because they know our system inside and out,” says Sam Mull, who coordinates children’s and teens’ programming and community engagement for the libraries. “Sometimes we’re adding 100-plus books a week, and you’re only getting a very small snapshot if you’re just browsing the catalog.”

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Student Sues School, Claims It’s Not ‘Logical’ to Ban Him For Lacking Chickenpox Vaccination. Now He Has the Chickenpox

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Are you against vaccinations? Well here’s a story for ya.

An unvaccinated student at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Assumption Academy recently challenged a state order banning him from school.

Why’d the high-schooler protest? ‘Cause o’ this: Vaccines are against his beliefs, and his family founded the dadgum school.

But he was banned in March due to a chickenpox outbreak, and a judge ruled against him in his subsequent lawsuit.

Jerome was a broken man:

“I’m definitely devastated by the judge’s ruling. It just doesn’t seem logical to me.”

Headed for appeal, Jerome Kunkel’s attorney, Christopher Wiest, lamented the injustice:

“We think the judge misapplied the law and that’s what appeals courts are for, to make sure the law is followed.”

Well, wouldn’t ya know — Jerome’s done gone and contracted the disease.

Not good.

Christopher’s acknowledged that Jerome’s now covered in terrible, itchy, pink lumps.

But he told NBC it’s still all cool:

“These are deeply held religious beliefs, they’re sincerely held beliefs. From their perspective, they always recognized they were running the risk of getting it, and they were okay with it.”

Here’s something from NBC News I’d never heard of…were you familiar with this? I’m surprised:

“Some ultraconservative Catholics oppose chickenpox vaccinations because it was developed in the 1960s from cell lines of two aborted fetuses.”

Speaking to WLWT, Jerome said the whole ban thing was dumb:

“It was kind of ridiculous, because they issued the ban for 21 days, then it got extended longer because another kid came down with the chicken pox, so then it went on for longer. Towards the end of the ban, I actually got the chicken pox which should have extended the ban, but for some reason they didn’t. Things are sort of normal except for you know, the homework I got to catch up with and stuff like that. “

But Laura Brinson, of the Northern Kentucky Health Department, said the lamebrainest thing is to intentionally be a carrier of a terrible disease:

“Encouraging the spread of an acute infection disease in a community demonstrates a callous disregard for the health and safety of friends, family, neighbors and unsuspecting members of the general public.”

Really, Jerome was never in control: The vaccine, which was instated in the U.S. in 1995, is normally given between 12 and 15 months. It’s doubtful his “beliefs” were the reason he didn’t receive it.

Either way, too late now. Maybe some think the chickenpox is nothin’ to get your feathers ruffled over. But it can kill, and does.

As per the CDC:

In the early 1990s, an average of 4 million people got chickenpox, 10,500 to 13,000 were hospitalized, and 100 to 150 died each year. Chickenpox vaccine became available in the United States in 1995. Each year, more than 3.5 million cases of chickenpox, 9,000 hospitalizations, and 100 deaths are prevented by chickenpox vaccination in the United States.

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Woke: Cal Poly Faculty Votes to Kick 25-Year-Old Chick-Fil-A off Campus, but University Officials Struck Back

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The loony left’s war on Chick-fil-A continues, and this time it has hit the campus of Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports:

Faculty that make up the campus organization point to Chick-Fil-A Foundation’s history of donating to anti-LGBT causes, noting that its values are not consistent with those of the university.

In a vote Tuesday, the vast majority of the academic senate (38 out of 44) opted to recommend getting rid of the chicken chain’s location despite its 25-year tenure on campus.

According to the campus newspaper Mustang News, academic Senate Vice Chair Thomas Gutierrez argued passionately in favor of the restaurant’s removal, comparing it to Hooters and porn magazines:

Gutierrez said Cal Poly already filters their vendors based on their values and there is no reason Chick-fil-A should be an exception.

“We don’t sell pornography in the bookstore and we don’t have a Hooters on campus — we already pre-select those kind of things based on our existing values,” Gutierrez said. “This is a similar thing, the difference is we’re actually profiting from this. So our money, every dollar a student is spending at Chick-fil-A, is going to these causes that are in violation of our values.”

Though the faculty’s vote was overwhelmingly in favor of removing Chick-fil-A, a university spokesman said that fighting intolerance with intolerance is not the best way to handle the situation:

While university administration passionately disagrees with the values of some of the organizations the president of Chick-fil-A has chosen to make personal donations to, we do not believe in responding to intolerance with intolerance. Rather, we must model our values of inclusion – that means upholding the rights of others to have different perspectives and ensuring there is space in our community for differing viewpoints and ideologies, even those that may be in direct conflict with our own. – Matt Lazier

He also stated that the restaurant was popular with students (it had record sales numbers last year) and did not have a history of discrimination on campus.

In fact, the restaurant chain is on track to become the “third-biggest U.S. restaurant chain by sales” in the country, as Red State‘s Brandon Morse noted yesterday.

Ultimately it will be up to Cal Poly SLO university President Jeffrey Armstrong to decide if the restaurant stays or goes. Based on the university spokesman’s statements, though, it doesn’t appear the restaurant has anything to worry about.

Besides, the school really has more important things to worry about – like how their new logo resembles a hammer and sickle:

Cal Poly spent $340,000 on rebranding and, as often happens with such efforts, the new logo is being ridiculed.

Unveiled last week at the campus — California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo — the logo was revamped partly so it would look better on small digital screens.

The simplified academic shield drops three of previous images, keeping only the one depicting a quill and a hammer. The items are intended to represent the motto “learn by doing” (which is now in English rather than Latin).

To some, the icon resembles the hammer and sickle on the old Soviet flag. And the added element, a sunset behind Bishop Peak, has been criticized as reminiscent of the Imperial Japanese Army’s Rising Sun flag.

Oops.

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It’s Official: To CNN’s Dismay, Florida Makes the Move to Arm More Teachers

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Thanks to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and his John Hancock Wednesday, more Florida teachers’ll be able to pack heat in (and out of) the classroom.

The change emanates from recommendations made by a special commission created in the aftermath of the Parkland high school mass murders.

After the legislature’s session ended Saturday, Governor Ron said it’s all about the safety of the public:

“We did a lot for public safety. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas bill, people had disagreements on, but ultimately … I think we’re going to be safer.”

As per the revamped “guardian” program, individual school districts will be allowed to approve school staff to carry. Participation is on a volunteer basis.

Once approved, each gunner is put through a psychiatric evaluation and background check, as well as firearm training provided by a sheriff’s office.

Part of the update expands the pistol-packin’ opportunity to faculty outside the classroom.

The bill passed 65-47 in the House, 22-17 in the Senate last week; Republicans currently own both chambers.

Of course, the law-makin’ process didn’t go without debate.

As stated by Newsmax:

Democrats spent hours arguing against the bill, saying it could lead to accidental shootings, or that a teacher could panic and fire during a confrontation with students. Republicans emphasized that the program is voluntary, and that law enforcement in some rural districts could be 15 minutes or more away from a school if a shooter attacks.

Interestingly, the home of Parkland ain’t a fan:

Broward County, where the Parkland shooting took place, has rejected the program.

“Florida lawmakers claim they passed this bill for the victims and survivors of the shooting at Parkland, but they have ignored many concerns for student safety,” said Sari Kaufman, a Parkland survivor and a volunteer with the Florida chapter of Students Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

Her statement added: “Now, I’m scared for the next generation of students who will grow up afraid of gun violence in their schools; not just from a shooter, but from the guns that could be carried by their teachers.”

In my opinion, the media’s treatment of the Parkland shooting was a travesty. Community healing was cast aside in favor of a shamelessly partisan use of naive teens (CNN Town Hall, anyone?).  Gullible young people were maneuvered as pawns to accomplish left-wing political goals before being discarded at the end of the news cycle. In the end, there was no unity, resolve, no national closure.

It was a trial through which nothing was gained.

Except — perhaps — this new law, making classrooms and schoolhouses a bit less of the soft targets they were on Valentine’s Day, 2018.

Do you think they’ll be? I look forward to hearing your thoughts in the Comments section.

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Student Artwork that Portrayed Police Officers as Pigs Removed from a City Building in Ohio After Outcry

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A student’s artwork that depicted a pig dressed in a police officer’s uniform was so controversial that it has been pulled from the Madeira Municipal Building in Ohio.

The Cincinnati Inquirer reports:

A piece of student artwork portraying a pig in a police uniform was removed before the opening of a long-running annual art show following complaints.

The Madeira City School District is not identifying the student but said organizers of the annual Madeira Art Show requested removal of the artwork. The piece, along with other student work, was displayed in the Madeira Municipal Building for public viewing prior to the May 5 art show.

Public reaction to the student art, specifically the piece depicting police as pigs, was strong.

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The artwork was part of the student exhibit that hangs annually in the Madeira Municipal building, according to City Manager Tom Moeller. The works feature the original creations by Madeira students of various grade levels. There were dozens of pieces of art displayed.

Per WCPO, the building also houses the city’s police department, which was part of the problem:

The choice to display it in a city building, however, sparked threats against the student artist, outraged calls to the Madeira Police Department — which is headquartered in the same building as the art display — and, ultimately, an early removal. In a statement, Madeira City Schools said it had arrived at the decision “out of concern for the safety of the student.”

Watch their report on the controversy below:

The National Coalition Against Censorship condemned the decision to remove the student’s work:

As defenders of free expression and artistic freedom, the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) condemns the removal of a student artwork from an exhibition in Madeira, Ohio. The removal of the work shows a deep disregard for the young artist’s constitutional right to free expression, and is a flagrant violation of free speech principles. It is a sad day when the message school administrators choose to send to students is to refrain from expressing their opinions about contemporary social issues lest they offend someone.

Judging from the mixed reactions in local news reports to the artwork and the decision to remove it, local residents and community leaders are torn between believing in the First Amendment rights of the student and understanding why the police department would be upset and concerned.

The department did not say in its statement whether or not they had requested the artwork be removed.

(Via The Blaze)

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