Free speech is fine as long as you agree with the left. Especially in California.
This week, students around the nation ‘walked out’ of their classrooms in an effort to focus the nation’s attention on school safety. They railed against the National Rifle Association and the politicians who support it and carried signs with messages like “Never again” and “Am I next?
However, a Rocklin High School teacher Julianne Benzel was placed on paid leave for questioning whether students for life would be allowed to walk out of class the way students for gun control were.
Her questions were viewed as “anti-abortion” by some, which resulted in complaints and, finally, in Benzel being placed on paid leave.
Fox News Insider quoted Benzel explaining her position: “[If schools] are going to allow one group of students to get up during class and walk out to protest one issue, would they still give the same courtesy to another group of students who wanted to get up and walk out to protest? And I used the example of abortion.”
“If you’re going to allow students to walk up and get out of class without penalty then you have to allow any group of students that wants to protest,” she said.
Benzel told CBS13 that she suspects she got in trouble for suggesting that schools administrators who condoned the student walkout might be practicing a double standard.
“And so I just kind of used the example which I know it’s really controversial, but I know it was the best example I thought of at the time. [If] 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?”
The school district defended its decision, saying: “The teacher was not penalized or placed on leave based on her viewpoints. …The district can clarify that the action was taken due to complaints from parents and students involving the teacher’s communications regarding… the student-led remembrance activities.”
Benzel was asked to come back to the school Friday but she demurred, instead deciding to take a day off and rest up to return to class next week.
Well, at least one person in California has a functioning brain. Unfortunately, teacher’s freedom of speech is only allowed if it supports a liberal agenda.
However, she makes an excellent point. It’s inappropriate for K-12 schools to allow walkouts because any student could walk out whenever he chose for whatever reason. But, it is obvious that this rally was nothing more than an anti-Trump, anti-Second Amendment, anti-American protest organized by radical leftists using our kids as pawns!
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