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July 18, 2014 - 8:50 am

The parents are threatening to sue.

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa — An outstanding athlete and student at Marshalltown High School has been suspended from playing three football games in the fall because his parents say the school misinterpreted a symbol of school pride — as a symbol of white pride.

Now, the principal is accusing the student, Blair Van Staalduine, of being a racist. “We were appalled,” Blair’s mother, Cathy Van Staalduine, said, “We were appalled and so was he. Absolutely. Because the furthest thing from Blair is being racist”

“The actual school chose the colors that each grade would be wearing. Juniors wore white. So Blair of course being active in the school dressed from head to toe in white,” she explains, “Somebody took a picture of him with his white doing a ‘W’ sign because they were wearing white. Blair says if they were wearing orange they would have done an ‘O’”.

The mom tried to talk to the principal. The principal accused the mom of racism too. Now she fears that the racist label will haunt her son for years if not forever.

So yes, since the school won’t listen, the parents should sue. They should sue not just the school itself but every school employee who had any role in this decision, personally.

Too many of our educators need to be educated. If it takes bankrupting them to make them learn, then it takes bankrupting them.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
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This incident is illustrative of the whole reparations thing where not only can there be no displays of racism against minorities, any sort of white pride is not allowed. We whites are to be very circumspect & humble, as we are descendents of degenerate, demented slave owners, guilty of the "original sin" these small c's ascribe to our country's legacy. We are to be ashamed & villified. This is the tone set forth by Obama's administration. So much for efforts to come off as a "postracial" country by supporting our First Black President.

To hell with all these people; they are utterly despicable & beneath contempt.
6 weeks ago
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Of course young Mr. Van Staalduine is a racist. He's white. That's all it takes. By definition. And he should also check his privilege.

For the Love of Life Orchestra - I'd like to pummel senseless every public school official in the USA, but my knucklebones just aren't up to the job. Sorry.
6 weeks ago
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Well, you could pummel them. But they're already senseless.
If you mean comatose, at least they'd be harmless while they were sleeping it off. Mind you, I'm not actually advocating that you smack them around, I'm just noting the potential benefits.
6 weeks ago
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MT Geoff, I think I love you. Very much.
6 weeks ago
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End tyrannical truancy laws!
6 weeks ago
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So yes, since the school won’t listen, the parents should sue. They should sue not just the school itself but every school employee who had any role in this decision, personally.

Yes. It's long past time to take the gloves off with these idiots. No apologies accepted. CASH OUT OF THEIR POCKETS AND THEM OUT OF A JOB.

Accept nothing less!

"Too many of our educators need to be educated. "

Too many of them are ineducable.

6 weeks ago
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Change the laws so it is easier to pull the children permanently out of school. Change the laws so it is easier to have alternative education program for children.

But since schools are bureaucracies a decline in enrolment is not a guarantor of a decline in the number of administrators. Teachers maybe, but not administrators.
6 weeks ago
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It's already perfectly legal to home school your children in 50 states, so there are only 7 plus "a few more" that need to have their laws changed.

But most Americans want the goodies and the stuff, so momma has to have a job to pay for the goodies and the stuff. Ergo, the kids go to the government indoctrination centers, and become little Obamabots.

Because, hey, 50" TV and nice vacations. Oh, and mom's "self-fulfillment", because who wants to be just a mere mother?


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I hate to be the one to say it, but how does "white pride" equate to "racist"? If a black student had expressed "black pride", would he be denounced as a racist? Suspended from a sports team?

(I'll admit there are people who say "I have white pride" when they actually mean "I'm racist against non-whites". But the activity as described - wearing a color and making a "W" sign - isn't threatening or insulting to other races in the slightest even if you are dumb enough to interpret it as referring to race.)
6 weeks ago
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Um, it's white.

Don't you get it?

You don't get it.


Probably because you are a sensible person. Your problem is that you don't realize that you are not dealing with sensible people.

6 weeks ago
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what is wrong w/ this site? that should be powder puff game. but if it had been power puff game, we still would have had a dance.
6 weeks ago
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we had a power puff game every year in high school. the junior girls played the senior girls in a touch football game. the junior and senior football players were cheerleaders and coaches, respectively. I believe we then had a dance celebrating the win/loss. we always had a dance celebrating ... afterwards. more innocent times for sure (late 60- early 70's).

let me say right now and be perfectly clear, I was forced to dress as a girl. I realize that today I might be considered sexist, or maybe homophobic, and of course, very cute. but let me be perfectly clear, I meant in no way to declare a war on anybody, or any of that other victim mentality stuff.
6 weeks ago
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Iowa, like all states, has a mandatory attendance law. This should be repealed. Students and parents should not be forced under penalty of law to submit to this reckless abuse of power.

Of course all parents want their children educated. Schools abuse students.
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"Of course all parents want their children educated."

That's not true.

But I don't think government-forced attendance is the answer to that problem.

Literacy tests at the ballot box are the answer to that problem.

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