Thursday, March 22, 2018

School Administration Only Allows One Side of Gun Debate




When political activists are attempting to pass a long term agenda with emotion and fear, they cannot allow dissent. The emotional narrative they are pushing is fragile. Dissent causes people to think. Thinking causes the narrative to collapse.

Andy Dalsin, a lone and courageous high school student, stood up to the organized political agenda of the left. He "spoke truth to power". He was not allowed to protest with others of his school, but was driven off by the school principal, Lonnie Seifert. From kstp.com, video at link:
Dalsin said principal Lonnie Seifert told him to give up a sign that read "Guns don't kill people. People kill people" or leave the property, citing district policy.

"I stood in the back," he said. "I didn't try and cause a ruckus, but I was seen by the principal and he came and we had our exchange."

The district said in a statement that "such items must be submitted to and reviewed by school administration at least 24 hours in advance."

But Dalsin stresses other students also had signs, and told him they didn't know about the policy either.

"Administration didn't fairly use their policy across the board," he said. "I felt like I was singled out unjustly and my constitutional rights and my First Amendment was trampled on."
The New Prague High School administration put up an explanation of Principal Lonnie Seifert's actions. They claimed that they have an obligation to enforce their "free speech" policy without regard to political viewpoint. The jaring contradiction is the walkout only had one political viewpoint. Any others were suppressed. The statement from the school is deliciously ironic.  From npaschools.org:
Yesterday approximately 100 of our high school students participated in a walkout, as did many of their peers across the country. The walkout was conducted peacefully and without conflict. Since then, attention has been focused on a sign that was present during the walkout.

The District has a policy that such items must be submitted to and reviewed by school administration at least 24-hours in advance. In compliance with the District’s policy "... to protect the exercise of students' and employees' free speech rights, [while] taking into consideration the educational objectives and responsibilities of the School District," the sign was moved to non-school grounds. The District has an obligation to enforce this policy without regard to political viewpoint.

No student was disciplined and law enforcement was not involved with any of the students present during the walkout.

New Prague Area Schools fully respects and recognizes that students have free speech rights. Those rights, however, are to be balanced against the District’s responsibility to maintain a school environment focused on education. The District’s administration has an obligation to enforce the policy, which is known as a “time, place, and manner restriction.” For more information, our policy #505 can be found on our district website at npaschools.org.
You have a school deliberately supporting one side of a political debate, and not allowing the other side to participate. The school actively supported one side, and actively suppressed the other side. Then, they have the gall to claim that they did it to support free speech!

This is the sort of thing racist gun control was built on. Rules and laws are passed, but only enforced against one side. In the South, the rules were enforced against black people. In the New Prague Area Schools, the rules are enforced against those supporting the Second Amendment.

There are other examples of heavy handed enforcement of the gun control narrative.  Those who insist on the unilateral disarmament of the population are accused of suspending a teacher who mentioned to her class the political partisanship of school policy in California, a Ohio student was suspended for refusing to participate in an anti-Second Amendment "walkout".

All of these events were "justified" by school administrations as  necessary because of their administrative rules.

That is how fascists have always operated. Use rules to enforce one side of the political debate: the side they favor. Ignore violations of the rules by your side.

When government funded agencies are used to promote one side of the political debate, you don't have freedom. You have authoritarian rule.

It is not supposed to happen in the United States.

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1 comment:

Paul Weber said...

When people allow only one side to be heard it's because they know their side is so fragile it can't withstand any challenge.