Parenting

Principal Tells Pissed Off Dad She Can't Stop Children from Walking Out of Class to Protest

Students from Mount Diablo High School break through a gate to leave campus during a walkout to protest gun violence on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, in Concord, Calif. California. (Aric Crabb/East Bay Times via AP)

John Gunn, father of a student at a Ventura, Calif., middle school, was enraged when he found out his son’s sixth-grade class was allowed to walk out in protest of gun rights in the wake of the shooting in Florida. He went to the school in person with his camera rolling to confront the principal about her decision to allow political protesting on campus. What Gunn was told when he asked principal Barbara Boggio, who made the decision to allow 12-year-olds to walk out of school, boggles the mind.

“There is no such authorization. If a student chose to leave that’s their choice,” she said. “I won’t restrain a sixth-grade student if they choose to leave.”

Boggio goes on to proclaim again and again that her main job is to keep her students “safe.” (How she does this while allowing them to leave the school whenever they want is unknown.)

PJM reached out to Gunn. “They said it was a memorial. I spoke to my son’s friends. They were playing basketball [during the walkout] when a homeless person came through the fence and took their ball,” he said.

What kind of memorial to the dead includes basketball? And why were unauthorized people on campus interacting with students when they should be in class? That doesn’t seem very “safe.”

The whole video must be watched to be believed. At one point in the video Gunn says he’s retained a lawyer to sue the school for failing in their duty to keep students in class and allowing them to walk out without permission slips. In public schools, children can’t go on any field trips without written permission from home, but schools across the nation encouraged participation in a national political walkout without sending home notification or asking permission from parents.

Gunn isn’t the only parent upset at the behavior of school administrators who facilitated the walkout. The Washington Times reported that schools across the country are facing angry parents and legal challenges. 

A week after the March 14 walkout, school officials are grappling with complaints from parents outraged by the specter of their kids engaged in political protesting on school time, as well as reports of criminal mischief committed by teens who treated the event as a get-out-of-class-free card.

What’s more, the students get to do it all again next month. A substantially identical event, also called the National School Walkout, is scheduled for April 20, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre.

Chris Cleveland, chairman of the Chicago Republican Party, said he worried that the walkouts, aimed at pushing for tougher gun restrictions in the wake of the deadly Parkland shooting, have provided the template for advocacy groups eager to co-opt the public schools for progressive activism.

“If they get away with this, they’ll be free to engage in any kind of political activity in the schools that they wish,” said Mr. Cleveland, who has a third-grader in the Chicago Public Schools. The party is moving to avert that scenario by preparing a lawsuit against the school system, arguing that the district violated state and federal law as well as its own policies by organizing a political demonstration — and pressuring students to attend — on the taxpayers’ dime.

School administrators are always begging the taxpayers for more money and raising levies at every opportunity. How are they going to ask for more when they opened themselves up to costly lawsuits because they couldn’t keep a lid on their political aspirations and used students to advance them?  How many taxpayers will willingly sign up to give them more money to throw away on political activism and the brainwashing of students? Anyone who claims these walkouts weren’t political is either lying or stupid. All one has to do is read the signs.

The anti-gun lobby has now co-opted 12- to 17-year-olds to use them in their constant war on constitutional rights during school, parents be damned. When will Americans reach the point where they will stop supporting these institutions of indoctrination and stage a walkout of their own? There are other options out there that will not try and turn your kid into a brainless reactionary. Having seen and heard the byproduct of public education flapping its gums in public quite often the last month, I can honestly say that staying home and doing chores would bring about smarter and more well-rounded kids than whatever it is the public schools are churning out. I bet 80 percent of them couldn’t tell you what year the War of 1812 was waged or what NRA stands for, but they could all tell you which Kardashian weighs the most. This is intentional dumbing down perpetrated on your children by far-left wackos who are your child’s teachers. They made them stupid so they could use them easily in their commie takeover plot. (Commies always go for the kids first.)