Elementary School Principal/Grinch Ousted

In a rare moment of sanity, a school district in Omaha, Nebraska, placed a principal on administrative leave after she perhaps took the “separation of church and state” idea a little too seriously.

It was discovered that one Jennifer Sinclair, principal of Manchester Elementary School, issued an internal memo banning everything even remotely related to the Christmas holiday, including, of all things, candy canes, supposedly because they are in the shape of J’s (“for Jesus”), and the colors are representative of His blood and resurrection. Teachers were also banned from singing Christmas carols, putting up trees, or referring to reindeer, among other things.

Said memo, referenced below, mentions mandates from Elkhorn School District, and reminds teachers that they need to be sensitive to all religions and cultures. While the principal herself was removed from her post, it sounds like she was just following through with what she believed the district insisted upon. Whether or not she took it too far and is the only one to blame are points of contention.

Acceptable practices:
Gifts to students
Students making gift for a loved one
Snowmen, snow women, snow people, snowflakes
Gingerbread people
Holidays Around the World – purposeful presentation of information to teach about different cultures
Sledding
Hot chocolate
Polar Bears
Penguins
Scarves, boots, earmuffs, and hats
Yetis
Olaf – Frozen

Not acceptable:
Santas or Christmas items (clipart) on worksheets
Christmas trees in classrooms
Elf on the Shelf – that’s Christmas-related
Singing Christmas Carols
Playing Christmas music
Sending a Scholastic book that is a Christmas book – that’s Christmas-related
Making a Christmas ornament as a gift – This assumes that the family has a Christmas tree which assumes they celebrate Christmas. I challenge the thought of, “Well they can just hang it somewhere else.”
Candy Cane – that’s Christmas related. Historically, the shape is a “J” for Jesus. The red is for the blood of Christ, and the white is a symbol of his resurrection. This would also include different colored candy canes.
Red/Green items – traditional Christmas colors
Reindeer
Christmas videos/movies and/or characters from Christmas movies

When in doubt, ask yourself:
What is the clear instructional purpose of this?
Does this item or activity promote a certain belief or religious (sic)?

Ironically enough, in the same memo a fourth grade trip to see the Nutcracker is mentioned. I wonder if anyone told the principal that this is a Christmas-themed show?

The decision to remove Ms. Sinclair began with nonprofit group centered on Christian values and First Amendment rights, Liberty Counsel, which sent a strongly-worded letter to the district asserting that religious freedom was being infringed upon. They did not advocate for her removal; only for her compliance with what they felt was a more acceptable handling of winter holidays.

While the district policy alluded to by the principal in the full memo (both linked below) is not as harsh as the strict guidelines set forth by Ms. Sinclair to her faculty, the fact that a public school is indeed a secular institution cannot be ignored. It serves to educate the broader community, and while banning Rudolph and the colors red and green may seem a bit ridiculous, government entities are well within their rights to do so, so as to cater to the community as a whole, and not just one specific group, religious or otherwise. If you truly find this unfair, you may be ready to ask yourselves: is this really the best place to educate our children? What other, more serious things are being added to or removed from the curriculum, all in the name of political correctness?

A statement from Elkhorn School District spokesperson, Kara Perchal reads: “Elkhorn Public Schools District administration promptly addressed the issue at Manchester Elementary School regarding the memo that was sent by the principal to Manchester elementary staff. The memo does not reflect the policy of Elkhorn Public Schools regarding holiday symbols in the school. The district has since clarified expectations and provided further direction to staff in alignment with district policy. This issue was limited to Manchester Elementary School and did not arise at any other schools within the district.”

Ms. Sinclair had been in her first year as principal of Manchester Elementary, which serves over 540 students from Kindergarten through fifth grade in the Omaha area.

Elementary school principal placed on leave after banning all things Christmas from classrooms

Letter from Liberty Counsel to Elkhorn Public School District

Manchester Elementary School – Week Ahead Notes: Dec. 3 – Dec. 7

Elkhorn Public Schools – ADMINISTRATIVE RULES AND PROCEDURES TO IMPLEMENT POLICY 604.05

Manchester Elementary

New Jersey Teacher Spoils Santa

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Photo courtesy Mike Arney

We all know substitute teachers aren’t always held to the same “impeccably high” standards other teachers supposedly are. But when one of them doesn’t have the common sense to keep mum about Santa Claus in a room full of six-year-olds, you have to start doubting the entire system.

In what’s being called a “personnel matter,” an unnamed substitute teacher debunked other holiday creatures in the first grade classroom, including the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and Elf on the Shelf.

Principal Michael Raj sent out a letter to parents, informing them of a situation they probably already knew about, given the talkative nature of first graders, but the damage had already been done. Distressed mother Lisa Simek wrote on Facebook that the teacher “tried to crush” her 6-year-old’s spirit.

No matter where you stand on the issue of the belief in mythical creatures among children, or the “magic” of the holidays, one thing we can all agree on is that teachers should not be the ones to choose when, where, and how to explain sensitive issues to children. This particular teacher may have been dismissed, but you can be sure there are countless others who are doing parents’ jobs for them, every single school day. I hope the anger and frustration felt by the parents of these children won’t be forgotten in 5 years when little Billy comes home knowing precisely how anal sex works, or explaining the finer points of gun control or amnesty for illegal immigrants.

Cedar Hill Elementary is located in Montville Township, NJ and has won a 2016 award for “National School of Character.” It serves approximately 400 students in Kindergarten through fifth grade.

Teacher who spoiled Santa will not return to school

Sub Spoils Santa (and Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy) for First-Graders

Substitute teacher tells first grade students Santa isn’t real

Cedar Hill Elementary School

Maryland high school football players accused of raping teammates

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photo courtesy Montgomery County Public Schools

Boys will be boys, they say. Somehow I don’t think that defense is going to work in the favor of four 15-year-old Maryland boys accused of sexual assault.

The four junior varsity athletes accused, namely Jean Claude “JC” Abedi, Kristian “KJ” Jamal Lee, Will Daniel Smith, and Caleb Thorpe, will be tried as adults; three are charged with two counts of first-degree rape and two counts of attempted rape, while the fourth is charged with four counts of first-degree rape. The incidents in question apparently took place within the freshman locker room of Damascus High School in Damascus, Maryland, on Halloween of this year. The students were apparently readying for football practice when someone turned off the lights, and the assaults took place. The students stopped when they were alerted of their coach’s approach.

They’re excuse? “It’s tradition.” Well, so’s jailtime for assaulting people.

Besides eyewitness testimony, the suspects also engaged in conversation about the incident on Snapchat. Because apparently the old adage about dumb jocks rings true.

Damascus High School was established in 1950 and is part of the Montgomery County Public School System. It serves approximately 1200 students within grades 9 through 12. It ranks in the top 5% of Maryland schools in overall test scores. Minority enrollment at Damascus High is 39%, which is nearly half that of Maryland’s average. Their website neglects to mention anything regarding the assaults on school property. Today’s announcements made sure to include volunteer opportunities, SAT prep information, and details about school performances. You know: the important stuff.

The accused students face up to life in prison if convicted.

Maryland high school football players accused of raping teammates with broom

High school football players face life in prison for raping teammates with broom

Damascus High School – Montgomery Schools MD

Damascus High School – Public School Review

High school “mean girls” fake sexual assault

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In this “Me Too” era, men are being held accountable for sexual misconduct, whether it be unwanted comments, harassment, abuse, or assault. But at least one young man has been punished for things he didn’t even do.

A boy at Seneca Valley High School in Harmony, Pennsylvania, has endured more than a year of hell, after five girls who “didn’t like to look at him” fabricated stories of sexual abuse and fed their lies to school officials, who bought it hook, line, and sinker. Later admitting to conspiring against their classmate, one girl admitted it was all a farce.

But the damage was already done. After the girls’ allegations came to light, the entire school turned on him, ostracizing him and placing “predator” stickers on his back. He was bullied to the point of his parents withdrawing him, to homeschool.

The parents of the boy, who is only identified as T.F., filed a lawsuit against the school, Seneca Valley School district, and the parents of the girls involved, citing multiple court appearances, the losing of their son’s job, juvenile detention, and other hardships he faced, just because some girls didn’t like his face.

The school district defends its actions at the time, reportedly refusing to apologize to T.F. and his family, and insisting the lawsuit against them “is without merit.” So a boy’s life was destroyed, no big deal.

Faculty and students alike at Seneca Valley High School are suddenly rallying around T.F. (who, wisely, will not be returning to their school), inventing hashtags in support of him, wearing t-shirts with his name, and cheering for him at football games he probably isn’t even attending. One has to wonder where these students were when he was being bullied, in the first place.

Mob mentality is at its height in places like schools, when hundreds of students are crowded together and feed off one another, causing riots, collectively singling out the weak from the herd to pick to death. It’s incredibly cruel, and incredibly unnatural. It’s no secret that to be a white male in this country is one of the worst things to be, right now, when you can be vilified merely if a girl looks at you the wrong way. If this is what we see in our schools, what will it be like when this generation is running our country?

The girls appear to be suffering no direct consequences, as the school refuses to mar their academic records with the information, and the district attorney’s office won’t prosecute them.

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Teacher accused of sexting with student

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image courtesy of Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office

A high school English teacher in New Jersey is in trouble after being accused of sending nude pictures to and engaging sexually explicit conversations with a 17-year-old male student.

According to Somerset County Police, 29-year-old Michelina Aichele, of Hillsborough, was arrested October 5 and charged with second-degree endangering the welfare of a child. She’s currently in Somerset County Jail, pending a detention hearing. She has been suspended from her job at Montgomery Township High School (where she makes roughly $70,000 a year) since October 4 – and as we’ve seen before, there’s a good chance it’s a “paid suspension,” pending the outcome of the investigation. Of course, we should be grateful there *is* an investigation, as we also know how many allegations are swept under the rug, instead.

Montgomery High School teacher accused of sending nude photos, sexual messages to student

Transgender student locked out of a lockdown drill

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It’s nice to know that in the event of a true emergency, school officials will focus on what really matters: figuring out where to stick the transgender kid.

A transgender girl was allegedly barred from entering both the girls’ and boys’ locker rooms during a lockdown drill at her middle school in Stafford County, Virginia. She says she was forced to sit alone on the bleachers while the remainder of her physical education class took shelter in the locker rooms.

First of all, I didn’t realize that lockdown drills involved removal of clothing or anything else that may take place in locker rooms during normal school time. Wait, they don’t? So what did it matter where this kid went? Pull her into a room, and protect her.

In a place (meaning, public schools) where LGBT issues are typically discussed openly and non-conforming individuals are supported and often encouraged, the fact that things like this are still happening is truly mindboggling. This wasn’t even an issue of “Which bathroom should they use?” This was merely an issue of protecting a child’s life.

The next time you think you’re sending your child off to a place where those entrusted with their well being and safety will actually *care* about their well being and safety, think again. Because maybe next time, it won’t be a drill. Many schools don’t make the distinction between a “practice run” and a real emergency. And maybe next time they’ll deliberate where to put little Jimmy because he’s in the hallway between two classrooms (“You take him!” “No, *you* take him!”), or maybe Susan is throwing up so they moved her to the bathroom but now there’s an active shooter and her teacher hurriedly locks the classroom door, and “Where’s Susan? Oh, I’m sure she’s fine.”

Supposedly this transgender student had a teacher with them, as if this makes things all better. Good luck finding a teacher to be a sitting duck during an actual emergency. There are heroes, but there are also selfish idiots. Do you know which one is in your child’s classroom?

Transgender student barred from shelter in locker rooms during school safety drill

Transgender student allegedly barred from shelter during school safety drill at Virginia middle school

Minnesota teacher tweets about killing Brett Kavanaugh

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No matter where you stand on the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court debate, I’d hope you wouldn’t be calling for anyone’s death (although death threats have unfortunately been reported from both sides). Still worse, of course, would be to think that your own child’s teacher would advocate for the murder of someone else.

An unnamed special education teacher has been placed on paid administrative leave following a now-deleted (but still immortal, because this *is* the internet, after all) tweet alluding to the killing of now-Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh, Saturday evening after his swearing in. Said female teacher was listed as an instructor at Intermediate School District 917’s Alliance Education Center, in Rosemount, Minnesota.

District superintendent Mark Zuzek issued this statement via the district website:

October 8, 2018,

Over the weekend, the district has received a complaint regarding an employee.  The employee has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. 

Pursuant with the data practices act, we are limited to providing additional information regarding this matter. 

Mark A. Zuzek

Superintendent

As no criminal charges have been filed, the instructor’s name has not been released, though some news sources report it as Samantha Ness.

The tweet in question read: “So whose [sic] gonna take one for the team and kill Kavanaugh?”

She then followed up the tweet with, ““Brett kavanaugh will be dealing with death threats for the rest of his life being on the Supreme Court. I doubt my mid-west ass is a real threat.” Classy.

The district website also defines itself as follows: “District 917 serves students needing low incidence special education services from our member school districts in the southeastern Twin Cities metropolitan area.” Mark Zuzek confirmed they have had to deal with many parent complaints since the incident was reported.

The district’s Facebook page has since received countless comments calling for the immediate firing of Ness, but this is pretty much impossible, because of those oh-so-necessary teacher’s unions that protect even the most despicable of humanity.

Alliance Education Center provides services through the SUN program (Students with Unique Needs) for those between the ages of 5 and 21, serving those with: “Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Cognitive Disabilities, Emotional Behavioral Disorders, and other disabilities as appropriate.”

What’s that about your children’s teachers being great examples and espousing only the highest morals and values? Oh, I’m sorry, I can’t hear you over the death threats.

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Students with Unique Needs (SUN) – Intermediate School District #917