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Florida begins arming teachers as large school districts rebuff controversial program

OKEECHOBEE, Fla. –– Teachers in seven Florida county school districts will soon be locked and loaded thanks to a state law enacted this month that provides schools with the option to allow teachers to carry concealed guns.

The law expands on a safety measure known as the “guardian” program. The program was created in response to the February 2018 Parkland massacre but did not allow teachers to carry guns, in part due to the recommendation of former Gov. Rick Scott. Under the original law, guardians were either non-instructional personnel who volunteered, or employees–such as school resource officers– hired specifically to protect students.

“That initial program [said] everybody except classroom teachers … could be armed. With the recent legislation, our board approved to train classroom teachers to be able to further protect our students,” said Dylan Tedders, the assistant superintendent of Okeechobee County.

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The original program was created in response to the February 2018 Parkland massacre but did not allow teachers to carry guns, in part due to the recommendation of former Gov. Rick Scott. Under the original law, guardians were either non-instructional personnel who volunteered, or employees hired specifically to protect students, such as school resource officers.  (Elina Shirazi)

Okeechobee, a school district with roughly 6,600 students, is one of seven districts taking advantage of the new option to arm teachers. Tedders explained that school districts must first vote in favor of it and then teachers have to volunteer. The other six districts arming teachers include Bay, Gilchrist, Lafayette, Levy, Putnam and Suwannee counties.

Tedders said their first priority is protecting students.

“You can’t have a hashtag of putting students first and not want to use every opportunity to keep them safe, so I think districts have to really look at that,” Tedders said.

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But not every school district in the state has embraced the law. The 60 other school districts in the state, including the largest ones — Miami-Dade, Broward and Orange counties — have not approved it. The state does not track how many districts or teachers are taking part in the program, a matter that has become a point of contention.

“For you to implement a program that does more harm than it does good — and we don’t even know who does it — is absolutely asinine and it’s counterproductive to what the agency for school safety is supposed to be doing,” State Sen. Oscar Braynon, D-Miami Gardens, told the Miami Herald recently. “This is the dumb, backwards stuff that we do here.”

But more rural districts in the state are happy to take part in the program.

Tedders said his district already has several volunteers. One teacher participating in the guardian program and who wished to remain anonymous due to safety concerns said they are ready for the responsibility.

“Twenty years as a teacher, you know your kids, you wouldn’t want to see anything bad happen to any of them,” the teacher said. “For me, the pros definitely outweighed the cons. You know you have to be ready and prepared if something happens. You have to be willing to do what needs to be done.”

But gun-control groups continue to oppose the law, arguing teachers simply can’t fill the role of law enforcement.

“We are worried about the accuracy of that teacher being able to shoot, or to be able to shoot at all in that type of high, intense adrenaline type of situation,” said Angie Gallo, the co-char of the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence. “They are just not trained for it, they are not trained for it like law enforcement are.”

Law enforcement working to train teachers and staff in Okeechobee say otherwise.

“This we consider as a force multiplier because, as we have learned, time is the most critical factor,” said Sgt. Michael Hazellief, one of the officers responsible for training guardians. “If an incident were to occur, we want as many people there as immediate as possible … no one is going to be authorized to go into a school or classroom with a firearm under this program, if they haven’t made it through me.”

Some parents who have kids enrolled in the district think it’s a good idea as well. They say the new law will eliminate schools as soft targets.

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“If all else fails and my child is sitting in a classroom with some psycho coming through that door, I want my child behind that teacher, and I want that teacher equipped to do something to help themselves, which is also going to help my child,” said Adam Cohen, whose two kids are enrolled in Okeechobee County schools. The family moved to Okeechobee from Parkland after the 2018 Parkland Massacre. Cohen’s daughter, now in the ninth grade, was enrolled in Parkland’s middle school at the time.

“I was concerned in Parkland,” Cohen said, “people were getting consumed and misdirected in a lot of politics, a lot of things, there was a lot of energy and there wasn’t a lot of action. There weren’t things happening that were making safety changes for the kids in the schools and I was concerned that wasn’t going the right direction.”

Another Parkland parent, Andrew Pollack, describes himself as an expert, but not by choice. His daughter, Meadow, was killed during the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year. Pollack said he strongly supports arming teachers, saying that when police are minutes away, seconds matter.

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Andrew Pollack said he strongly supports arming teachers, saying that when police are minutes away, seconds matter. His daughter was killed in the Parkland shooting last year. (Elina Shirazi)

“You’ve seen multiple mass shootings stopped by people that saw something, said something and then they saw someone actually did something, not like in Parkland — where no one did anything and that it was these failures and these policies that are in the schools or across the nation,” Pollack said.

School employees and teachers who volunteer to pack heat have a long list of requirements, including passing drug tests, psychological exams and over 100 hours of training. Presently, in addition to the seven counties that have opted to arm teachers, 32 of Florida’s 67 counties have opted to arm school personnel other than teachers. They include Broward County, where the Parkland massacre took place, as well as Brevard and Duval. According to the Miami Herald, nearly 1,100 school employees are armed statewide. The state doesn’t track how many are teachers.

“It is a very unique measure, you know. It is in response to very unique and very violent incidents that have happened nationwide. All schools are having to take measures such as ensuring that there are safe corners, blinds in your classroom doors, that the lockdown procedures are in place. But we have seen that even with those measures in place, things happen,” said Tuuli Robinson, the principal at North Elementary School in Okeechobee.

“I actually think that the arming of the teachers is not going to create these dramatic gunfights in schools, it is going to create a deterrent. The schools are not going to be a soft target and they are not going to be attractive,” Cohen said.

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According to the Education Commission of the States, at least eight other states allow some teachers or other school employees to have guns. They include Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Wyoming.  (Elina Shirazi)

But many school districts say they are reluctant to arm teachers and think the law is a bad idea.

“Teachers have a lot on their plates,” Tamara Shamburger, chairwoman of the Hillsborough County school board, in Tampa, told the Wall Street Journal. “Their focus has to be on educating their kids and not fighting off bad guys.”

Tedders said he understands the hesitation in some districts, but that he firmly believes they are going about the process in the safest manner possible.

“I think the negativity would be that we are passing out guns at the door and that is not what we are doing,” Tedders said.

According to the Education Commission of the States, at least eight other states allow some teachers or other school employees to have guns. They include Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Wyoming.

Since 2018, legislation to allow teachers and other school staff to carry firearms has been proposed in a handful of additional states, including Washington, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Oklahoma.

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University officials held ‘personally liable’ for discrimination against Christian student group

A federal court ruled University of Iowa officials must pay out of their own pockets for discriminating against a prominent Christian student group, calling the university’s conduct “ludicrous” and “incredibly baffling” during a hearing last week.

Judge Stephanie M. Rose of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa ruled Friday that the University of Iowa and its officers violated constitutional law when they kicked InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and other religious groups, off the campus in June 2018 for requiring leaders to uphold Christian beliefs — but giving a pass to secular student groups that also have leadership requirements.

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The university limited the Christian group’s access to campus after being there for over 25 years, froze its bank account, shut down its website and advertised that it was “defunct” for lack of student interest, according to court documents. This violated the Christian group’s free speech and free exercise rights, the court ruled.

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InterVarsity Christian Fellowship students. (Becket)

“It’s rare for a federal judge to call out a public university for ‘ludicrous’ and ‘incredibly baffling’ violations of the First Amendment,” Daniel Blomberg, senior counsel at Becket, who represented InterVarsity and BLinC, told Fox News. “But it was necessary here. The court already told the University of Iowa to stop picking on one Christian student group. The University responded by doubling down and kicking out Christian, Muslim and Sikh groups. That was obviously wrong. And it’s even more clearly wrong once you consider, as the court did, that it was also unfair.”

He explains the university makes room for Greek groups and sports clubs, for the College Democrats and Republicans, for the environmental groups and the pro-life groups, but singled out religious groups.

“We must have leaders who share our faith,” Greg Jao, director of external relations at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA, said in a statement. “No group — religious or secular — could survive with leaders who reject its values. We’re grateful the court has stopped the University’s religious discrimination, and we look forward to continuing our ministry on campus for years to come.”

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This was the second lawsuit brought against the university after Business Leaders in Christ (BLinC) won their case earlier this year. A BLinC member claimed he was denied a leadership position for being openly gay. The group argued the member was rejected because “he expressly stated that he rejected BLinC’s religious beliefs and would not follow them.”

The court stated it “would never have expected the university to respond to that order by homing in on religious groups” like InterVarsity, while “carving out explicit exemptions for other groups. But here we are.” The court did “not know how a reasonable person could have concluded this was acceptable,” since it “plainly” doubled down on the exact same conduct the court had already held unlawful.

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“It’s too bad it took twice for the University to learn its lesson,” Blomberg added. “There was no excuse the first time for squashing students’ First Amendment rights. University officials nationwide should now take note that religious discrimination will hit them in the pocketbook.”

The university did not immediately respond to a Fox News request for comment.

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Todd Starnes: Middle school students taught Trump is ‘an idiot’ – Anti-Trump hatred infects schools

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The father of a Florida middle school student is outraged after his daughter was given a test that depicted President Trump as “an idiot.”

The test was administered recently to a group of students at Duncan Middle School in Palm Beach County. The test described Trump as a businessman, a Republican and an idiot.

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“This was an actual question on my daughters middle school test today. Furious,” the angry dad wrote on Twitter. “Going to raise some hell with the principle. Indoctrination

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A spokesperson for the Palm Beach County School Board tells “The Todd Starnes Radio Show” that the incident is under investigation. They provided me with a letter that was mailed to every parent at the school.

“The question was inappropriate and demonstrated an unacceptable lack of good judgment on the part of the teacher,” Principal Philip D’Amico told parents.

 The teacher has been reassigned pending the outcome of the investigation, the principal said.

 ”I apologize for this incident and for the offensive verbiage used in the question,” the principal wrote.

 In Chapter 12 of my new book, “Culture Jihad: How to Stop the Left From Killing a Nation,” I expose the anti-Trump hatred that has infected many of our public schools.

Many leftist teachers have turned their classrooms into indoctrination centers for their political propaganda. Just last week in San Francisco teachers were recorded coaching children to chant “Who do we hate? Donald Trump” at an immigration rally.

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“We all know that indoctrination happens at the college level, and to some extent at the high school level, but to see it happening to students as young as kindergarten is unbelievable,” filmmaker Maggie VandenBerghe said on my nationally syndicated radio show. “These people need to be called out.”

Radical progressives have assumed control of public education from preschool all the way through graduate school. That’s how the left has been able to facilitate massive cultural change in such a short amount of time.

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There have been far too many reports of  “rogue teachers” attacking Trump in the classroom. It’s time to root out educators who have turned their classrooms into indoctrination centers.

But until freedom-loving patriots demand change, many of our public schools will be teaching reading, writing and radicalism.

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Washington middle school allegedly planned to move autistic boy into bathroom for quiet learning space: reports

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A middle school in Washington state came under fire this week for allegedly planning to move an autistic student with special needs into a bathroom so he could be insulated from loud noises, according to reports.

Danielle Goodwin, the 11-year-old’s mother, said she discovered the alleged arrangement this past Monday while visiting Whatcom Middle School in Bellingham.

“The teacher informed us that he would be studying in the bathroom,” Goodwin told Q13 Fox.

Her son, Lucas, needed a quiet place to study because loud noises trigger his condition, she said.

“We were trying to find a quieter place for him to work,” she said.

Goodwin reportedly took a photo showing the boy clearly upset; his desk could be seen placed over a toilet and his chair near a sink. Goodwin alleged that the school also had placed a mat on the floor in case the boy needed to nap.

“I was stunned,” Goodwin told KOMO News. “I was so shocked that I just took the picture because I didn’t believe what I was seeing.”

Lucas said the arrangement had scared him and he “thought this was going to be where I was for the rest of the year.

Goodwin said she took her son out of school because the faculty provided no alternative to the arrangement.

“We are still waiting to hear from the district,” she said.

Amid outrage on social media, Superintendent Greg Baker released a statement explaining that limited funding for schools has created “limited space to meet students’ instructional and social-emotional needs.”

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“This current situation is an example of staff trying to seek a solution to temporarily repurpose a room. To our knowledge, the room had been used as a storage, not as an active restroom,” the statement read. “Again, my preliminary assessment is this idea was well-intentioned, but in the end we did not move forward with it.”

The Bellingham School District said in a separate statement that it continued to look into the matter and that the desk has been removed.

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“[I]t appears that the restroom was set up as a possible separate quiet learning space, but no student was placed in there. The desk has been removed, and staff at the school are aware that the space should not be used for that purpose in the future,” district officials said.

Goodwin has acknowledged the desk’s removal but added: “that doesn’t help my son’s self-esteem, his embarrassment.”

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MIT scientist resigns over Jeffrey Epstein comments he calls ‘misunderstandings and mischaracterizations’

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) computer scientist who said the alleged sex-abuse victims of an associate of deceased convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein were “entirely willing” has resigned.

Richard Stallman, a famed open-source advocate, announced his departure in an email published online Monday.

“I am resigning effective immediately from my position in CSAIL at MIT,” he wrote. “I am doing this due to pressure on MIT and me over a series of misunderstandings and mischaracterizations.”

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) computer scientist Richard Stallman announced his resignation Monday. (Michael Debets/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images, File)

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Stallman had argued in a leaked email thread from last week that Marvin Minsky — an artificial-intelligence (AI) pioneer who died in 2016 and was accused of assaulting one of Epstein’s victims, Virginia Giuffre — had not actually assaulted anyone.

He also argued over the definition of “sexual assault” and “rape” and whether the term applied to Minsky and Giuffre.

“The word ‘assaulting’ presumes that he applied force or violence, in some unspecified way, but the article itself says no such thing. Only that they had sex,” he wrote, referring to an article about Giuffre’s testimony against Minsky. “The most plausible scenario is that she presented herself to him an entirely willing.”

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The thread was leaked to VICE by MIT alum Selam Jie Gano. He said Stallman was responding to a female student’s email about an MIT protest related to Epstein’s donations to the elite university.

The student pointed out that Giuffre allegedly was forced to have sex with Minsky in Epstein’s home in the Virgin Islands. Stallman replied, “it is morally absurd to define ‘rape’ in a way that depends on minor details such as which country it was in or whether the victim was 18 years old or 17.”

The school has come under heavy scrutiny after reports the MIT Media Lab continued to accept donations from Epstein despite listing him as a “disqualified donor.” The gifts allegedly were marked anonymous in an effort to concealing their source, The New Yorker reported.

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The magazine alleged Epstein was credited with at least $7.5 million in donations.

MIT Media Lab director Joichi Ito resigned after the expose was published.

Fox News’ Lucia I. Suarez Sang contributed to this report. 

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MIT scientist resigns over Jeffrey Epstein comments he calls ‘misunderstandings and mischaracterizations’

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) computer scientist who said the alleged sex-abuse victims of an associate of deceased convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein were “entirely willing” has resigned.

Richard Stallman, a famed open-source advocate, announced his departure in an email published online Monday.

“I am resigning effective immediately from my position in CSAIL at MIT,” he wrote. “I am doing this due to pressure on MIT and me over a series of misunderstandings and mischaracterizations.”

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) computer scientist Richard Stallman announced his resignation Monday. (Michael Debets/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images, File)

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Stallman had argued in a leaked email thread from last week that Marvin Minsky — an artificial-intelligence (AI) pioneer who died in 2016 and was accused of assaulting one of Epstein’s victims, Virginia Giuffre — had not actually assaulted anyone.

He also argued over the definition of “sexual assault” and “rape” and whether the term applied to Minsky and Giuffre.

“The word ‘assaulting’ presumes that he applied force or violence, in some unspecified way, but the article itself says no such thing. Only that they had sex,” he wrote, referring to an article about Giuffre’s testimony against Minsky. “The most plausible scenario is that she presented herself to him an entirely willing.”

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The thread was leaked to VICE by MIT alum Selam Jie Gano. He said Stallman was responding to a female student’s email about an MIT protest related to Epstein’s donations to the elite university.

The student pointed out that Giuffre allegedly was forced to have sex with Minsky in Epstein’s home in the Virgin Islands. Stallman replied, “it is morally absurd to define ‘rape’ in a way that depends on minor details such as which country it was in or whether the victim was 18 years old or 17.”

The school has come under heavy scrutiny after reports the MIT Media Lab continued to accept donations from Epstein despite listing him as a “disqualified donor.” The gifts allegedly were marked anonymous in an effort to concealing their source, The New Yorker reported.

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The magazine alleged Epstein was credited with at least $7.5 million in donations.

MIT Media Lab director Joichi Ito resigned after the expose was published.

Fox News’ Lucia I. Suarez Sang contributed to this report. 

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MIT professor defended Jeffrey Epstein associate in leaked emails, claimed victims were ‘entirely willing’

Famed Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) computer scientist Richard Stallman is under fire after a leaked email thread showed him defending an associate of the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, claiming that his alleged victims were “entirely willing.”

In the email thread, leaked by MIT alum Salam Jie Gano to VICE on Friday, Stallman argued that the late Marvin Minsky – an AI pioneer who died in 2016 and is accused of assaulting one of Epstein’s victims, Virginia Giuffre, – had not actually assaulted anyone.

“The word ‘assaulting’ presumes that he applied force or violence, in some unspecified way, but the article itself says no such thing. Only that they had sex,” he wrote, referring to an article about Giuffre’s testimony against Minsky. “The most plausible scenario is that she presented herself to him an entirely willing.”

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US software freedom activist and computer programmer Richard Stallman speaks with French Green Party “Europe Ecologie les Verts” (EELV)’s candidate for 2012 French presidential election Eva Joly at the EELV’s headquarters in Paris on December 15, 2011. (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images)

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According to the timestamp on the emails, the exchange occurred on Thursday.

Gano, who first wrote about the email thread on Medium before leaking it to VICE on Friday, said Stallman was responding to a female student’s email about an MIT protest regarding Epstein’s donations to the university.

In the thread, Stallman then argues the definition of “sexual assault,” “rape” and whether they apply to Minsky and Giuffre’s deposition statement.

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When a student pointed out that Giuffre was 17 when she was allegedly forced to have sex with Minsky in Epstein’s home in the Virgin Islands, Stallman said “it is morally absurd to define ‘rape’ in a way that depends on minor details such as which country it was in or whether the victim was 18 years old or 17.”

The leak comes as MIT is reeling from mounting criticisms after revelations that its highly acclaimed Media Lab accepted donations from Epstein for many years despite knowing his sex offender conviction – and consciously made efforts to conceal his name from the records.

Ronan Farrow alleged in an expose published in the New Yorker earlier this month that the MIT Media Lab accepted donations from Epstein – and other wealthy donors which whom he served as an intermediary – despite being considered a “disqualified donor.”

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The Media Lab’s director, Joichi Ito, resigned after the expose was published.

“After giving the matter a great deal of thought over the past several days and weeks, I think that it is best that I resign as Director of the Media Lab and as a Professor and employee of the Institute, effective immediately,” Ito said in an email to the provost and president of the university that he shared with The New York Times.

Fox News’ Vandana Rambaran contributed to this report.

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Iowa prof says ‘I am Antifa’; once posted desire to bash Trump with baseball bat

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A college professor in Iowa openly declared his support for the violent far-left Antifa movement after coming under fire for inflammatory social media posts that included the desire to bash President Trump with a baseball bat.

Jeff Klinzman, an adjunct English professor of nearly 10 years at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, made the remark after a local TV station questioned him over his social media activity.

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“I affirm that I am Antifa,” Klinzman told local ABC affiliate KCRG-TV, which found the professor’s numerous posts both on his personal page and on an “Iowa Antifa” page. He stood behind his comments — though added he’s willing to apologize to any Christians offended by them.

“I affirm that I am Antifa.”

— Jeff Klinzman, Kirkwood Community College professor

The outlet reported that in one post, Klinzman shared a poem containing the words, “Kill them all and bury them deep in the ground,” to which he added the comment, “It’s not pretty, and I’m not proud, but seeing what evangelical Christians are doing to this country and its people fills me with rage, and a desire to exact revenge.”

“Seeing what evangelical Christians are doing to this country and its people fills me with rage, and a desire to exact revenge.”

— Jeff Klinzman, Kirkwood Community College professor

The professor was also an active participant in a local Antifa group on Facebook, according to KCRG, where he made the apparent comment about attacking Trump.

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“Yeah, I know who I’d clock with a bat…” he said in response to a tweet by Trump where the president slammed Antifa, tweeting “Radical Left Wack Jobs who go around hitting… people over the heads with baseball bats,” with Klinzman saying “Yeah, I know who I’d clock with a bat…”

The Secret Service didn’t confirm to the outlet whether an investigation has been opened, but said the agency is aware of the professor’s comments.

Antifa, which is short for anti-fascist, has been facing scrutiny and calls to be labeled as a domestic terrorist organization, particularly after a series of violent incidents in Portland, Ore.

Trump appeared to be open to such consideration, tweeting last week that “major consideration” is being given by his administration to designating the group as a terrorist organization.

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“Major consideration is being given to naming ANTIFA an ‘ORGANIZATION OF TERROR,’” the president tweeted just before Antifa protests in the city. “Portland is being watched very closely. Hopefully the Mayor will be able to properly do his job!”

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California middle school teacher draws scrutiny for giving students gender identity cards

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A middle school science teacher in California caused an uproar this week for giving his students a “Gender Unicorn” sheet that explained gender identity and sexual attraction.

Luis Davila Alvarado, who teaches at Denair Middle School in California’s San Joaquin Valley, passed out the paper on Wednesday so his students could understand why he uses “Mx.” rather than “Mr.,” the Modesto Bee reported.

The activity was part of a “getting to know each other” exercise on the first day of school, Denair Unified School District Superintendent Terry Metzger told the paper.

“He gave a handout discussing gender in [his] first and second periods. It was not an assignment and students were not required or asked to fill it out,” Metzger said.

The handout, provided by Trans Student Education Resources, shows a simple drawing of a unicorn, with a chart explaining gender and sex, as well as sexual and emotional attraction.

Metzger said the school’s principal happened to be in Alvarado’s classroom during his second period and “directed him to stop distributing it.”

At least 50 students received the handouts, Metzger said. Per California’s public school curriculum, gender identity is discussed during health classes but not science classes.

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A handful of parents called the school with complaints.

“I’ve talked to a lot of parents and a lot of grandparents and I know a lot of them have called the school and complained about it,” grandmother Tammy Stout told Sacramento’s Fox 40.

“I don’t care what your identity as, that’s your decision. But NO ONE has the right to ask my child these questions that have absolutely nothing to do with what you are teaching in a classroom,” wrote one of the student’s parents on Facebook.

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Another person commented: “Let’s say the kids are confused about what to call him/her. How in the hell does this … clear up any confusion about him/her?!?! What a crock of s—!”

School officials would not comment on any disciplinary actions taken against Alvarado.

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Ohio school scrubs 92-year-old Ten Commandments plaque after atheists complain

An Ohio middle school removed a 1920s-era Ten Commandments plaque after the Freedom From Religion Foundation complained about it.

The Wisconsin-based group that promotes separation of church and state and nontheism called the Joseph Welty Middle School plaque a “flagrant violation” of the First Amendment. The group claims a concerned district parent complained to FFRF that the plaque was prominently displayed near the auditorium entrance of the New Philadelphia, Ohio school.

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“The district’s promotion of the Judeo-Christian bible and religion over nonreligion impermissibly turns any non-Christian or non-believing student into an outsider,” Christopher Line, representing FFRF, wrote in an April letter to the school. “Schoolchildren already feel significant pressure to conform to their peers. They must not be subjected to similar pressure from their schools, especially on religious questions.”

The class of 1926 gifted the plaque to the middle school. But the gift has been scrubbed from the building, according to school officials.

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“In speaking with the district, it is my understanding that the plaque has been taken down and is no longer on display on district property,” Brian J. DeSantis, an attorney representing the school district, wrote in a June 19 email to the FFRF.

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Joseph Welty Middle School in New Philadelphia, Ohio removed a Ten Commandments plaque after the Freedom From Religion Foundation complained. (Google Maps)

The FFRF celebrated the removal of the Ten Commandments.

“We applaud the district for taking action to remedy this violation,” FFRF co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor wrote in a statement. “Students in our public schools are free to practice any religion they choose — or none at all. In America, we live under the First Amendment, not the Ten Commandments.”

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But the New Philadelphia Schools Superintendent David Brand said he disagrees with the FFRF’s approach.

“With over 90 years on display, the plaque is recognized as part of the tradition and history of New Philadelphia City Schools,” Brand said in a statement, according to the Times Reporter newspaper.

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Brand laments the “costs” it would be on local taxpayers and the “burden” on school officials. He said he plans to challenge the decision.

“Rather than engaging FFRF in an action where the community’s resources are at stake, the district will consider filing an amicus brief in a forthcoming case on the matter,” he said.

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