Trump’s Inaugural Address Banned from Classroom
Outrage — but it gets even crazier, as midterms at another school are put off to accommodate a student walkout
A Michigan teacher has decided that Donald J. Trump’s inaugural speech on Friday will be unfit for his fourth graders — even though he hasn’t a clue what the president-elect will say.
Brett Meteyer, who teaches at the Explorer Elementary School in Williamston, Michigan, sent an email to parents that has since gone viral. He said he will not allow children in his class to watch or listen to Trump’s inaugural speech on Friday.
“It makes me sad that kids would be shielded from that,” said one parent.
“Because I am concerned about my students and your children being exposed to language and behavior that is not in concert with the most conservative social and family values, I have decided to show the inauguration of Donald Trump this Friday, but we will not view Mr. Trump’s inauguration speech,” he wrote in his email, as World Net Daily and other outlets reported.
“I showed the speeches of Presidents Obama and Bush in 2009 and 2005, respectively, but I am anxious about showing Mr. Trump’s inaugural address, given his past inflammatory and degrading comments about minorities, women, and the disabled. I am also uneasy about Mr. Trump’s casual use of profanity, so I sought an assurance that as their teacher, I would not be exposing children to language that would not appear in G- or PG-rated movies.”
LifeZette left a message with the Explorer Elementary School’s principal, Kelly Campbell, but as of publication time had not heard back.
Steve Gruber, a conservative radio host who posted the teacher’s email to Facebook, said the response from the internet was swift and angry. One Facebook commenter chose a sly response, posting, “No sweat. They can catch it as 8th graders …”
“She told me that news happens every day and they won’t be stopping class to watch [it],” said one mom after talking to the school principal.
“What kind of message does this send to kids? ‘This president is a bad guy and kids should not watch him?’ This is a piece of history and the kids should be allowed to watch,” Gruber told Watchdog.org.
“As the son of a fifth-grade teacher, it infuriates me when those in charge of our kids are trying to train them instead of teaching them,” Gruber added. “I found the letter to be outrageous!”
Gruber also found and posted to Facebook another snowflake missive that Meteyer sent to parents the day after the presdiential election, assuring them that “Kumbaya” was alive and well in his classroom.
“Dear Parents, no matter your opinion of our president-elect, I would like to share some thoughts that I expressed to the class this morning during a discussion of these current events. My goal was to comfort those who were worried about where this election leaves us … It was clear to me from the start of the day that a few of the children were deeply disturbed by yesterday’s election,” the email continued, “so I finished our morning talk by quoting Bob Marley’s ‘Three Little Birds’: ‘Don’t worry about a thing ’cause every little thing gonna be alright.’”
Erin Reynolds, who has a daughter in the 3rd grade at the Williamston school, said she doesn’t believe any harm could come from watching Trump’s inaugural address, and that Meteyer’s decision cuts students off from an educational experience.
“It makes me sad that the kids would be shielded from that rather than giving them the opportunity to rise to the occasion and to tackle those things,” Reynolds told WLNS Channel 6. She added, “Turning our back on the political process I think sends the wrong message.”
Meteyer said he had reached out to the Trump transition team for an advanced copy of the speech, telling parents, “Plans may change if I hear back from them.”
The madness continues in Rhode Island, where a Classical High School in Providence, Rhode Island, has rescheduled midterm exams from Friday to Monday to accommodate a planned student walkout organized by a larger network protesting Trump’s inauguration. Students who leave class will be given unexcused absences but will not be punished.
And in Williamson County, Tennessee, students at Independence High School will not be permitted to watch Trump’s inauguration during class on Friday, Fox News reported. A mother of one of the students called the principal about it. The response? “She told me that news happens every day in this country and they won’t be stopping class to watch the news,” mom Suzanne Roberts told Fox News.
On top of all this, The College Fix is reporting that student socialist group Socialist Students, a campus branch of the group Socialist Alternative, is organizing a nationwide walkout Friday — fearing Trump will “unleash a storm of attacks” on various segments of Americans.