In relation to the ongoing scandals regarding the NFL, many Americans have been forced to choose a side on the matter. One Georgia boy ‘made such a choice’ when he decided to respect the tradition of pledging allegiance by placing his hand on the heart and reciting the words which show tribute to this nation. A decision that came with a cost, making him the focused target of schoolmates’ and teachers’ discrimination and degradation.
Jason Newbery is a child who chose to follow the good moral values taught by his parents, something that has no relation with any political context what so ever. Giving this act a political connotation is plain wrong, considering the fact that a child does not understand the system enough to form independent opinions on the mater. It’s a form of abuse of children, forcibly including them in something they don’t even understand and making them pick a side.
In response, students singled him out and began to bully him, along with one other student who stood tall and recited the pledge of allegiance. “Me and him got called KKK, Nazi, and we just kept getting bullied the whole day,” said one student, Jason Newberry.
What’s worse, however, is this teacher’s response. Rather than being a “tolerant liberal,” she flew off the handle and completely destroyed the kid’s self-esteem. In an act of sheer cruelty and vengeance, she shamed him in front of the entire class, making him feel a knot in his gut simply for respecting our flag.
His second period teacher, who has remained unidentified, took the opportunity to make an example of him. She showed the entire class liberal propaganda featuring NFL players kneeling, polling the class on how they feel about protesting the anthem, and teaching them that she would NEVER stand for the flag.
Jason’s mother, Lisa Newberry, was understandably upset—she rallied other parents together and has expressed her outrage over this teacher’s response. She stated that it’s an educator’s job to teach students facts, not to force feed them political opinions.
“She made her own poll on paper, passed it out to all her students to see what they thought was right or wrong about taking a knee,” Lisa said. “These are our kids. We should be able to instill our values in them — not her.”
The students caught bullying Newberry have not been disciplined, leading many to suggest that the teacher may have condoned such harassment. The school has refused to offer parents an answer, but the teacher did release a pathetic apology letter in which she half-apologizes, half-justifies her actions.
“I apologize for expressing my views to my students. I recognize that while this was not a one-sided lesson, the topic itself and the expression of my views were not appropriate, my intentions were well-meaning,” the teacher wrote.
And to imagine how it would look if this scenario would be played out in reverse direction. If a conservative teacher attacks a student for expressing his/her support for BLM or Antifa the mainstream media would make a blast out of it, twisting the story to points beyond recognition.
This kind of behavior must not continue and we have to do everything in our power to make sure our kids don’t have to experience such sort of violence.
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