Good News! Criminal Charges Against 8th Grader Jared Marcum Over @NRA T-Shirt Confrontation Dismissed!

June 29, 2013 at 6:50 am

WOWK 13 Charleston, Huntington WV News, Weather, Sports

I certainly didn’t see this coming.

(WOWK)–Jared Marcum’s mother, Tanya Lardieri, was overcome with emotion after signing a dismissal order and cementing the fact that the criminal charges against her 14-year-old son, Jared Marcum, have been withdrawn.

“It should have come sooner but it’s done and we don’t have to have that concern anymore about him having a criminal record” Jared’s father Allen Lardieri tells WOWK. “I’m just glad that it’s over. His mother is glad it’s over.”

Jared’s attorney Ben White calls this a win for common sense. White says he’s heard too many stories of children being penalized for seemingly harmless behavior, just because each of these incidents included gun imagery of one sort or another.

“I think, with the gun issue, with what is going on, this is a victory for common sense,” White said.

The dismissal, signed by judge Eric O’Briant comes 70 days after, then 8th grader, Jared Marcum’s pro-Second Amendment shirt, sparked what many are calling the fight over his First Amendment rights.

“I didn’t think it would go this far because honestly, I don’t see a problem with [the shirt], there shouldn’t be a problem with this,” Jared told WOWK on April 18, the day he was arrested.

While Jared didn’t see a problem with the shirt, neither did the Logan County School District, as it has publicly stated that Jared’s shirt did not violate the district’s dress code. [...]

Previously:
Video! Reporter Who Broke Jared Marcum @NRA ‘Protect Your Right’ T-Shirt Story Threatened With Arrest, Prosecution Seeks Gag Order

‘Gun Owners Of America’ Offers Pro Bono Legal Assistance To Jared Marcum In @NRA ‘Protect Your Right’ T-Shirt Case

8th Grader At Center Of @NRA “Protect Your Right” T-Shirt Controversy Officially Charged, Now Facing Possibility Of A Year In Jail

8th Grader Jared Marcum Arrested & Suspended For Refusing To Remove NRA ‘Protect Your 2nd Amendment Right’ Shirt [Update: Returns To School Wearing The T-Shirt, Around 100 Others Wear Similar In Support Of Free Speech]

Black Racist Teachers Union Pres. “Rich White People” To Blame For Chicago’s Failing Schools

June 27, 2013 at 9:51 am

A public union fat cat biting the very hands which she demands feed her. Quelle surprise.

[Video below the fold.]

CTU President Karen ‘Ivy League Dartmouth grad‘ Lewis:

(Daily Caller) –In a scathing speech on Wednesday, the president of the Chicago Teachers Union charged that racism and “rich white people” are to blame for the immense financial crisis facing the Chicago Public Schools.

In her remarks to an audience at the upscale City Club of Chicago, union boss Karen Lewis strongly criticized Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. She also urged the city schools to follow the strategic blueprint of the Chicago Cubs baseball team.

The upscale ‘City Club of Chicago; fancy smancy! Thank God for the tax dollars of “rich white people”! Why didn’t they meet at a community center or better yet at a school auditorium or gym??? Exactly.

“Members of the status quo — the people who are running the schools and advising the mayor on how to best run our district — know what good education looks like because they have secured it for their own children in well-resourced public and private institutions,”

When will there be an honest conversation about the poverty, racism and inequality that hinders the delivery of a quality education product in our school system?” Lewis also asked in the speech. “When will we address the fact that rich, white people think they know what’s in the best interest of children of African Americans and Latinos—no matter what the parent’s income or education level.”
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Lewis called for “an end to corporate subsidies and loopholes.” She demanded “progressive taxation” to close the $1 billion budget deficit currently facing the Second City and its public schools.

Higher income tax rates on wealthy residents would generate billions in necessary revenue, the union chief suggested. She also proposed new taxes for commuters and for financial transfers. [...]

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 Video via Warner Todd Huston at Mr. Conservative who makes a most excellent point:

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis has all sorts of excuses for why the city’s fetid schools are hemorrhaging money, failing to educate students, and laying off teachers by the hundreds. It’s the fault of those darn “rich white people.” Even though minorities control nearly every part of the school district.
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But notice what this woman never discusses? Yeah, TEACHING. All she talks about is union contracts, wages, benefits, and her anger about cuts in spending. The kids and their education is as far from Lewis’ mind as the next school year is from Chicago’s kids who were just released for the summer.

Like all representatives of a government employee union, Lewis is only interested in race cards, hatemongering, divisive rhetoric, and lies.

There is a reason why government employee unions were illegal all the way from the birth of this country until 1958. They are un-democratic, against the best interests of the voters, and bad for our government. Even Franklin D. Roosevelt, the patron saint of extreme liberalism, was against government unions.

Unions are antithetical to good government and teachers unions are a detriment to our kid’s education.

By the way, Karen Lewis has been “praised as a “fist-in-the-air, crowd-rousing, dynamic union leader” by by former Communist Party revolutionary turned Obama-funded “school reformer” Michael Klonsky”:

She’s good at pandering to her Che Guevara T-shirt-wearing colleagues and trash-talking the political machine. But she is the machine.

The Chicago Teachers Union rakes in nearly $30 million in forced dues from rank-and-file teachers every year. CTU is an affiliate of the behemoth AFL-CIO, which dropped an estimated $100 million in forced dues to support Democratic candidates and causes during the 2008 and 2010 election cycles.

Before Lewis took control of the CTU, the union was teetering on bankruptcy and owed millions of dollars in loans. The previous CTU president pulled down nearly $300,000 a year in base salary and compensation. Local union watchdogs reported that top CTU officers and staff with six-figure salaries and bonuses also received:

“… a monthly expense account for each administrator — officers, coordinators and field representatives — of $1,500; a car allowance of $7,000 per year (whether or not you have a car); 85 percent of car insurance and expenses paid; parking allowance; cellphone allowance; life insurance paid with union dues; and among other perks, a 53rd week of yearly pay for “working” over the Christmas holiday.”

Lewis assumed the CTU presidency in June 2010. “Teachers union officials declined to provide information on Lewis’ salary,” The Chicago Tribune reports [Link -ed.] but records show that she made more than $71,000 for half a year’s work in 2010 — along with compensation from the Illinois Federation of Teachers in 2011 totaling at least an additional $64,000 on top of her unknown base salary and benefits.

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ALL at the expense of taxpayers.

It is high time that public unions are dismantled.

Read another eye opening expose on Lewis by Michelle Malkin here.

Video! Reporter Who Broke Jared Marcum @NRA ‘Protect Your Right’ T-Shirt Story Threatened With Arrest, Prosecution Seeks Gag Order

June 27, 2013 at 7:55 am

WOWK 13 Charleston, Huntington WV News, Weather, Sports
This is troubling news. I have little hope now that the tyrannical judge Eric O’Briant will go easy on Jared. I worry that he will try to make an example out of him.

(WOWK 13) –WOWK has been the only news outlet following every new development in the case of Jared Marcum, the Logan County, West Virginia student who was suspended, arrested and is now facing an obstruction charge after refusing to change his NRA shirt at school. On Monday morning, June 24, Jared’s case took yet another turn.

Nearly two weeks before Jared, the 14-year-old at the center of the “T-Shirt Control Controversy”, was scheduled to be back in court, he found himself inside of the Logan County Courthouse for an emergency gag order hearing requested by prosecutors Christopher White and Sabrina Deskins.

“We were here because the prosecution filed a motion for a gag order,” Jared’s attorney Ben White said. “My opinion is because, seemingly, they want to take it out of the court of public opinion.”

Prosecutors were hoping to bar Jared, his father and his lawyer from sharing their story with the press, under the guise that their request would serve Jared’s better interest, something Jared’s father Allen Lardieri sees as ironic.

“It was for Jared’s better interest is what I was told, which seems to be a bit odd to me,” Lardieri said. “These are the same individuals that are trying to prosecute him, so as far as them knowing what is in his better interest, I have a lot of questions about that.”

Charlo Greene, on behalf of WOWK and the free press, prepared a petition to intervene for the gag order hearing but before Charlo could present her argument or even deliver her petition to the court clerk, she was thrown out of the Logan County Courthouse, twice, by a bailiff, who said the judge presiding over Jared’s case, Eric O’Briant requested it.  Charlo was then threatened with arrest and the same charge that Jared is currently on trial for, obstructing an officer.

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Previously:
‘Gun Owners Of America’ Offers Pro Bono Legal Assistance To Jared Marcum In @NRA ‘Protect Your Right’ T-Shirt Case

8th Grader At Center Of @NRA “Protect Your Right” T-Shirt Controversy Officially Charged, Now Facing Possibility Of A Year In Jail

8th Grader Jared Marcum Arrested & Suspended For Refusing To Remove NRA ‘Protect Your 2nd Amendment Right’ Shirt [Update: Returns To School Wearing The T-Shirt, Around 100 Others Wear Similar In Support Of Free Speech]

@GunOwners Of America Offers Pro Bono Legal Assistance To Jared Marcum In @NRA ‘Protect Your Right’ T-Shirt Case

June 21, 2013 at 1:49 pm

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Salute!

(Gun Owners Of America) –Taking on Zero Tolerance in Schools
Supporting Jared Marcum against overzealous prosecutor

Gun Owners Foundation has come to the defense of a West Virginia teenager who is actually being prosecuted (a.k.a., persecuted) for his pro-gun views.

Jared Marcum wore a T-shirt to his Logan County middle school in West Virginia on April 18 — a decision that has since sparked a national controversy.
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Jared’s T-shirt depicted a hunting rifle with the message: “Protect Your Right.” And now, he faces up to a year in jail for doing so!

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The outrageousness of this case has prompted the involvement of Gun Owners Foundation, which has agreed to help Jared pro bono.
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Jared and his stepfather, Allen Ladieri, are to be commended for not backing down, and Gun Owners Foundation is actively supporting the case.

Usually, Gun Owners Foundation supports individuals appealing convictions on firearms charges that involve constitutional issues.  But we think that Jared’s case warrants special attention, as it involves both First and Second Amendment freedoms.

If we are not allowed to make pro-Second Amendment statements — all because somebody is offended — then we can count the days to when we’ll lose the freedoms enshrined in both Amendments.

If Jared prevails in this case, we may have finally reached a turning point regarding Zero Tolerance, which is one of the most insidious policies being inflicted on the nation’s young people.

ACTION:  While GOF is helping defend Jared Marcum pro bono, there are obviously significant costs involved.  So please help by making a tax-deductible contribution to Gun Owners Foundation.  You can assist in the Jared Marcum defense by giving a contribution to GOF here.

To read more about Gun Owners Foundation, click here.

H/T Ammo Land

Previously:
8th Grader At Center Of @NRA “Protect Your Right” T-Shirt Controversy Officially Charged, Now Facing Possibility Of A Year In Jail

8th Grader Jared Marcum Arrested & Suspended For Refusing To Remove NRA ‘Protect Your 2nd Amendment Right’ Shirt [Update: Returns To School Wearing The T-Shirt, Around 100 Others Wear Similar In Support Of Free Speech]

8th Grader At Center Of @NRA “Protect Your Right” T-Shirt Controversy Officially Charged, Now Facing Possibility Of A Year In Jail

June 15, 2013 at 11:01 am

How dare Jared apply his 1st amendment right of free speech in support of his 2nd amendment right to bear arms.
WTRF 7 News Sports Weather – Wheeling Steubenville

(WTRF) –Suspended and arrested after refusing to change his NRA shirt. Today, 14-year-old Jared Marcum appeared before a judge and was officially charged with obstructing an officer. A $500 fine and up to a year in jail, that’s the penalty that Jared could face, now that a judge [Eric O'Briant -ed.] has allowed the prosecution to move forward with it’s obstructing an officer charge against him.

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The Logan County Police Department initially claimed that the at-the-time 8th grade Logan Middle School student was arrested for disturbing the education process, obstructing an officer and Lardieri says that officers even went as far as threatening to charge Jared with making terroristic threats.

“In my view of the facts, Jared didn’t do anything wrong,” Ben White, Jared’s attorney said. “I think officer Adkins could have done something differently.”

Prosecuting attorney Michael White refused to respond to any questions, as did Logan Police.

We obtained official court documents from both sides of this case. On one hand, the arresting officer from the Logan City Police Department, James Adkins, claims that when Jared refused to stop talking, that hindered his ability to do his job, hence, the obstruction charge. On the other side, Ben White points out that nowhere in the arresting officer’s petition, does it mention Jared ever making any threats or acting in a violent manner. [...]

Back story here: 8th Grader Jared Marcum Arrested & Suspended For Refusing To Remove NRA ‘Protect Your 2nd Amendment Right’ Shirt [Update: Returns To School Wearing The T-Shirt, Around 100 Others Wear Similar In Support Of Free Speech]

Update:

Ernestine Sutherland, Logan Middle School Principal
14 Wildcat Way,
Midelburg Island, Logan, WV 25602
Phone: 304-752-1804
Fax: 304-752-0207
esutherl@access.k12.wv.us

Logan County Prosecuting Attorney:

John W. Bennett

jwbennett75@frontier.com

Phone: 304-792-8670

Fax: 304-792-8677

Term: 4 years

Logan County Prosecuting Attorney

420 Main Street

Logan, WV 25601

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8th Grader Jared Marcum Arrested & Suspended For Refusing To Remove @NRA ‘Protect Your 2nd Amendment Right’ Shirt [Update: Returns To School Wearing The T-Shirt, Around 100 Others Wear Similar In Support Of Free Speech]

April 20, 2013 at 8:25 am
8th grader 2nd amendment nra gun shirt arrest

Charges: obstruction and disturbing the education process.

WOWK 13 Charleston, Huntington WV News, Weather, Sports

(WOWK) –8th grade student Jared Marcum was suspended, arrested and is now facing two charges after refusing to change his shirt.

“People are saying that I did the right thing, that they’re proud,” Jared said
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“What they’re doing is trying to take away my rights, my freedom of speech and my second amendment,” Jared said.
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After several attempts the only comment 13 News received from the Logan County School District was no comment.

“They gave me no paperwork, all they said to my mother was not to bring me back to school the next day,” Jared said.

So, while Jared spent the first day of his suspension at home, some of his friends showed their support for Jared at school.
I did try to wear a shirt with guns on it and I was told to take it off,” Jared’s friend Dustin Vickers said.
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13 News was contacted by Benjamin White, the attorney handling Jared’s case. White says first, they’ll be working on getting the charges, obstruction and disturbing the education process, dropped. Then, they plan on filing any federal or civil suit that is in order. [...]

Purely agenda driven as the school district’s dress code does NOT prohibit gun images:

The Logan County School District’s dress code policy prohibits clothing that displays profanity, violence, discriminatory messages and more but nowhere in the document does it say anything about gun images.

A fascist gun control zealot teacher sees the gun image, wets him/herself then calls police. This madness MUST end.
Logan Middle School administration contact info. here: http://lc2.boe.loga.k12.wv.us/loganmid/faculty/administrators.htm
Logan County Schools Board of Education contact info. here (scroll down to bottom of page): http://lc2.boe.loga.k12.wv.us/staff/bmember.htm

Update:

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(Washington Times) –A West Virginia teen who was arrested and suspended for wearing a National Rifle Association T-shirt to school returned to class Monday wearing the same shirt that got him into trouble.

Jared Marcum, 14, was joined by about 100 other students across Logan County who wore shirts with a similar gun rights theme in a show of support for free speech.

Ben White, the Charleston lawyer representing the Logan eighth-grader, said the Sons of the Second Amendment, a gun rights group, purchased and distributed the shirts.
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School officials told the eighth-grader Monday that his one-day suspension was appropriate because he was being disruptive.

Mr. White said Jared was exercising his right to free speech and did not disrupt anything.

Video evidence in the case, Mr. White said, indicates that the situation in the cafeteria deteriorated when a teacher raised his voice while confronting Jared. Other students jumped up on benches and began chanting Jared’s name.

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More from WPTV:

Marcum said was sent to the office where he again refused the order.

“When the police came, I was still talking and telling them that this was wrong, that they cannot do this, it’s not against any school policy. The officer, he told me to sit down and be quiet. I said, `No, I’m exercising my right to free speech.’ I said it calmly,” he said.
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Lardieri [Jared's dad --ed.] said Marcum wore the shirt during five class periods before he was ordered to remove it.
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“I just don’t understand why this teacher reacted the way he did,” said White, who said he asked school officials to preserve surveillance video of the cafeteria. [...]

THIS:

Being expelled from school for wearing a T-shirt featuring a gun? Sad.

Coming back to school wearing the same T-shirt featuring a gun? Brave.

Coming back to school wearing the same T-shirt featuring a gun … and finding classmates wearing similar T-shirts?

Priceless.


The latest on the controversy here:
14 Year Old At Center Of @NRA T-Shirt Controversy Officially Charged, Now Facing Possibility Of A Year In Jail

Teacher LIES About Forcing Students To Write: “I Am Willing To Give Up Some Of My Constitutional Rights…To Be Safer” [Image]

April 12, 2013 at 11:19 am

H/T Susan Duclos @ Wake Up America who reminds us of a very recent case that is achingly similar:

On the heels of seeing a Connecticut school worksheet informing children “Americans don’t have the right to bear arms,” we now see another example of the nation’s children being indoctrinated into the anti-Second Amendment ideology.

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The Blaze’s Madeleine Morgenstern reports:

constitution-burningThe words are written in crayon, in the haphazard bumpiness of a child’s scrawl.

“I am willing to give up some of my constitutional rights in order to be safer or more secure.”

They’re the words that Florida father Aaron Harvey was stunned to find his fourth-grade son had written, after a lesson in school about the Constitution.

Harvey’s son attends Cedar Hills Elementary in Jacksonville, Fla. Back in January, a local attorney came in to teach the students about the Bill of Rights. But after the attorney left, fourth-grade teacher Cheryl Sabb dictated the sentence to part of the class and had them copy it down, he said.
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Update, 11:36 a.m.:​ Harvey told TheBlaze he received a call from the school Friday morning that featured the principal, guidance counselor and Sabb. He was told the sentence came during the lesson with the lawyer, that Sabb had nothing to do with it, and that Harvey’s son “wrote it on his own free will.”

Harvey said he had spoken to a girl in the class who specifically said Sabb handpicked students to write the sentence.

“All the children are pointing at the teacher,” Harvey said Friday. “They [the school] told me that my son wrote that on his own free will — there’s now way he knew how to write that on his own free will. He likes to use some big words to flourish — [but] if he was going to put together a sentence that political I’m sure it would be more jumbled than a nice sentence like that.”

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Phone:

  • District 1 – The Honorable Cheryl Grymes | 390-2371
  • District 2 – The Honorable Fred “Fel” Lee | 390-2386
  • District 3 – The Honorable Ashley Smith Juarez | 390-2239
  • District 4 – The Honorable Paula D. Wright | 390-2374
  • District 5 – The Honorable Connie Hall | 390-2375
  • District 6 – The Honorable Becki Couch | 390-2373
  • District 7 – The Honorable Jason Fischer | 390-2372

Current Chairman & Vice-Chairman – 2012-2013:

  • Chairman – The Honorable Fred “Fel” Lee
  • Vice-Chairman – The Honorable Becki Couch

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Cedar Hills Elementary Contact Info.

Office:(904) 573 – 1050 Fax: (904) 573 – 1051
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PTA President: Bonilyn Packham
SAC [School Advisory Council] Chair: Cheryl Sabb <===
Good News Ambassador: Laura Torres

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No Wonder Only 7% Of Detroit, Michigan 8th Graders Are Proficient Readers -Misspelled Protest Sign [Pic]

December 11, 2012 at 3:06 pm

The illiterate leading the illiterate.

Proud illiterate Michigan Education Association member

(CNSNews.com) – In the public schools in Detroit, Mich., according to the U.S. Department of Education, only 7 percent of the eighth graders are grade-level proficient or better in reading.

Some public school teachers in the City of Detroit and around the state of Michigan are reportedly taking a vacation or a sick day today to protest right-to-work legislation likely to be approved by the state legislature. Under current law, Michigan public school teachers must pay dues to the teachers’ union. If the right-to-work law is enacted, Michigan public-school teachers will be free to join the union and pay dues to it if they wish, but they will also be free not to join the union and not to pay it dues.

Detroit public-school eighth graders do even worse in math than they do in reading, according to the Department of Education. While only 7 percent scored highly enough on the department’s National Assessment of Educational Progress test in 2011 to be rated “proficient” or better in reading, only 4 percent scored highly enough to be rated “proficient” or better in math.

Statewide in Michigan, only 32 percent of public-school eighth graders scored grade-level proficient or better in reading, and only 31 percent scored grade-level proficient or better in math.
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Image via @Moondizog

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Black Teacher To White Student Take Off Your Romney KKK T-Shirt This Is A “Democratic School”

October 4, 2012 at 10:50 am

Unhinged Obamabot educator racism in the classroom. In solidarity with Obama, a black teacher bullies a white student.

(Philly.com) –A uniform-free “dress-down” day at Charles Carroll High School in Port Richmond turned into a public dressing down for a student who chose to wear a pink T-shirt supporting Mitt Romney for president.

Samantha Pawlucy, a sophomore at Carroll High, said her geometry teacher publicly humiliated her by asking why she was wearing a Romney/Ryan T-shirt and going into the hallway to urge other teachers and students to mock her.
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Samantha Pawlucy The teacher then allegedly called a non-teaching assistant into the room who tried to write on the t-shirt with a marker. She allegedly [was] told to remove her shirt and she would be given another one.

During the incident, Samantha Pawlucy said the teacher told her that Carroll High is a “Democratic school” and wearing a Republican shirt is akin to the teacher, who is black, wearing a KKK shirt.
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The parents met on Monday with Joyce Hoag, the school principal. Richard Pawlucy said that during the meeting the teacher insisted she had been joking. She stormed out and left the school. …

When Samantha Pawlucy went back to her geometry class Tuesday, she said, she was shocked to find her teacher in class. She claimed the teacher told the class that she can no longer joke around with the class because a student had gotten her in trouble.

The teen said she was so upset by the teachers’ comments that she left the classroom and hid in the bathroom until the end of the class.

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“Joking around” my sweet *bleep*. If the races were reversed…all hell would have broke loose.

NBC 10 Philadelphia spoke with Samantha and her parents, video here.

Update: Todd Starnes has another news video of the family speaking here.

If you are so inclined to give the school a piece of your mind, here are the contact deets. As always, I stress be firm but polite.

Charles Carroll High School
Principal: Joyce A. Hoog
Email: jhoog@phila.k12.pa.us
Address: 2700 E. Auburn St.
Philadelphia PA 19134
Phone: 215.291.4707

Also see: When Crazed ObamaBot Teachers Attack!

Obama Attacks Romney Over ‘Class Size’ Despite Ed. Secretary Holding Similar View

August 23, 2012 at 10:49 am

President Obama’s New False Attack Ad SLAMMED By CNN
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More from ABC:

While Romney has indeed argued that small class sizes are not the key to improving student performance, left unmentioned is that Obama Education Secretary Arne Duncan has publicly expressed a similar view. During one meeting with education reporters last year [2011], Duncan reportedly “firmly pushed back against reflexive small-class mania,” wrote Education Week’s Rick Hess, who was there.

“He said, ‘Class size has been a sacred cow and I think we need to take it on. Give me and my wife a choice of putting our kids with a great teacher of 28 or a mediocre teacher of 23, and I know what I’d choose every time,’” Hess recounts.

“When pressed on the ‘don’t parents prefer smaller classes?’ question, Duncan said, ‘I don’t think parents have been given the choice I just put on the table…There’s no right choice there… [but] selectively raising class size’ is different from simple-minded calls for bigger classes,” according to Hess.

Other reports from Education Week show that Duncan expressed similar views even earlier in the administration, during a 2010 forum at the American Enterprise Institute.

“He urged districts to consider ‘modest but smartly targeted increases in class size,’” reported Alyson Klein, who attended the November 2010 gathering. “As a parent, Duncan said, he’d much rather have his kids in a class of 26 with a really excellent teacher, than in a class with 22 kids, lead by a mediocre teacher.” [...]

Also overlooked by Obama:

CNN:

In May, Romney defended his position on class sizes in public schools at a roundtable with teachers in Philadelphia. Romney’s plan emphasizes school choice over other factors, including efforts to reduce the number of students in classrooms.

C-Span:

Romney announced his plans for education in a speech Wednesday [May 23, 2012] to a group of Latino business owners.  The plan would reduce class sizes, change education funding formulas, encourage more charter schools, and allow parents to choose where they children attend school.

‘Bless his heart’.