Gun control advocates and enemies of the 2nd Amendment notched their belts last week with the California school walkout protests calling for stricter gun controls. But now, the districts that encouraged students to leave the classroom to promote their demonstrably uninformed political views are coming under fire for the possible legal implications of their actions.
One week following the walkouts on March the 14th, school officials are being inundated with complaints from parents who are unhappy to see their children used as political tools in a push for legislation they do not necessarily support. The parents are calling foul, saying that students were baited with “get out of class free” cards.
“These kids are being told, ‘hold this sign and stand in front of these cameras, and you can get out of history class,'” one parent complained to reporters.
In addition to the apparent conflict of interest involved in the walkouts, there have also been many reports of criminal mischief being committed by these same students. To make matters worse, many school districts along the west coast have announced that they plan to do the same thing next month.
The teachers and school administrators who are planning and promoting these walkouts do not seem to see the conflict of interest problems involved. They have the responsibility of providing scholastic instruction to the children of the parents who trust them to do so. This is especially true of public schools.
Public schools are essentially government agencies. That means, we have a government agency that is advocating for alterations to the fundamental laws of our country while using pre-voting age citizens as emotional leverage.
Suppose the IRS did something similar. Imagine that the children of certain low-level IRS employees had contracted illnesses related to the relatively low incomes of their parents. Then, suppose the IRS began walking these students out on marches calling for higher taxes which would be used to pay their employees more.
This is essentially what these California school districts are doing. They are abandoning their mission of educating students for the purpose of using resources paid for by taxpayers to influence the laws that affect the lives of those same taxpayers.
If any other government agency did the same thing, it would be a national scandal.
The Chairman of the Chicago Republican Party, Chris Cleveland, says he is concerned that these protests will encourage left-wing advocates to use other public resources to push their agendas.
There is a strong general feeling that the schools belong to the communities that contain them. The truth is they belong to the taxpayer, and they have a duty to impart an unbiased education. This is a far and away different thing to using the children themselves as political pawns.
It’s instructive to consider the experience of some conservative-leaning students. There have been a number of reports concerning students who wished to support the 2nd Amendment during these same marches. Students supporting the right of Americans to possess the necessary tools of self-defense in the modern age have been escorted away from the protest areas. They have had detentions applied to them for skipping class, where the anti-gun-rights student sign-holders have not been punished equally.
The message to students in these cases is clear; ‘March with the signs we make for you, or stay in class.’
Mr. Cleveland said, “If they get away with this, they’ll be free to engage in any kind of political activity in the schools that they wish.”
Cleveland’s group is mounting a lawsuit to prevent left-wing advocates and school districts from hijacking the school system for use as an emotion-based political weapon. They argue that these schools districts have violated state law as well as their own policies by organizing these political demonstrations, and for doing so at the expense of the taxpayer.
The district that Mr. Cleveland’s legal action group is targeting, has yet to release any public statements on the issue, and any direct response is yet pending.
At present, the schools seem determined to punish students who don’t conform to their political views, to which Cleveland responds, “There will always be a few kids who don’t behave,” said Mr. Cleveland. “I’m a lot more concerned about the behavior of the adults.”
~ Conservative Zone