Teacher Placed on Leave for Asking if a Pro-Life Walkout Would Be Allowed
While pundits and the media applaud the legions of schoolkids who walked out of class on Wednesday, a teacher in California had a valid question. She wondered if protests of a different sort would receive the support of the school administration.
The teacher asked if it was appropriate for the school to have been providing support for a politically motivated protest, and if such support would be there for other causes.
Said history teacher Julianne Benzel:"I just kind of used the example ... a group of students nationwide, or even locally, decided ‘I want to walk out of school for 17 minutes’ and go in the quad area and protest abortion, would that be allowed by our administration."
If civic engagement and protest are good and noble things -- which we're hearing from schools in support of the student walkouts -- then they're good and noble things. If not, you're showing a preference for certain political positions over others.
"We had a dialogue in class about it in Thursday and Friday. And [Wednesday] I received the call. So I am aghast," Benzel said. She was placed on paid administrative leave.
In other words, the answer to her question is "no." She has a great legal case on her hands.