By Bill Korach www.thereportcard.org
According to the Twin City Cities Pioneer Press, the 2016-17 BraInerd, MN yearbook contained a page of the yearbook asking students for their feelings about Trump. One of the four commenters, a sophomore identified by name and photo, had harsh words for the president.
“I would like to behead him,” the student said. “I do not like him.”
A poll graphic on the page asks “Do you like Trump?” It’s not clear how many students responded to the poll, but the “No” responses outweigh the “Yes” responses. It’s not clear what the precise margin is between the two or how the poll was conducted.
Scott Baio, a Trump supporter, tweeted an image of the page Friday and tagged Trump, the FBI and others. Within hours, the Brainerd High School’s Facebook page was flooded with angry comments.
Late Friday, KSTP-TV reported that it had interviewed the 15-year-old Brainerd sophomore, who said that she made the beheading remark last fall during a casual conversation with an acquaintance at school. The acquaintance asked the student what she thought about Trump, who was then the Republican presidential nominee. The student said that she did not like him. The acquaintance then asked her if that’s all she had to say. The student then joked that someone should behead him. The student said both she and the acquaintance laughed at the remark.
The school district released the following statement on its website Friday afternoon:
“The administration of Brainerd Public Schools has been notified that the 2016-2017 high school yearbook contains highly disrespectful statements from students about political figures, including the president of the United States. The administration was previously unaware of the students’ statements in the yearbook. The district does not support or otherwise endorse any disrespectful or politically based statements that are in the yearbook and apologizes for the statements that were included. While the district supports free speech, the disrespectful statements in the yearbook are contrary to the basic educational mission of the district and should not have been included in a school sponsored publication. The administration is currently investigating how this occurred and is reviewing the district’s processes to ensure that this type of unacceptable situation does not occur in the future. The administration deeply regrets that the existing processes for reviewing the yearbook did not result in the removal of the inappropriate statements.”
One might reasonably ask where the kids learned this kid of anti-Trump disrespect. Could it be from parents, or could it be from the school? It is clear that the educational establishment, teachers unions at K-12 and higher education is strongly opposed to the Trump administration. Schools ought not be to indoctrinate on their political opinions, they need to return to their primary role of education and instilling respect of America’s heritage of personal liberty and opportunity.