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Tempers flare over Rancho Cotate club
The Press Democrat ^ | December 22, 2003 | ROBERT DIGITALE

Posted on 12/22/2003 1:07:43 PM PST by Syncro

Tempers flare over Rancho Cotate club

Officials hope winter break cools fires after conservative group's leader is threatened

December 22, 2003

By ROBERT DIGITALE
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

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The winter break comes none too soon for Rohnert Park's Rancho Cotate High, where the school's new Conservative Club has gone from debating controversial issues to becoming one.

During the last week of school the club president said he twice received threats of physical violence from some students -- prompting the principal to suggest without success that the 17-year-old junior stay home for the rest of the week.

Forty of the school's faculty, meanwhile, signed a letter objecting to the actions of the club, including a flier the club produced urging students to "take a stand against the liberal traitors who call themselves teachers."

Club members, who number about 50 and meet once a week, counter that the educators are belittling them before other students and said two teachers failed to take action when their club leader was threatened -- an allegation the school principal rejected.

The club's faculty adviser, necessary for any campus club to continue, recently stepped down from that position after the club president distributed a newsletter without her authorization. That has placed the club's status in limbo.

All of which drew a simple response from students looking from the outside in on the controversy surrounding their school:

"We're tired of it," student body President Vanessa Nordin said.

The club, which may be unique among high schools on the North Coast, began this fall at the 2,000-student school after a group of students called for a forum to offer a balance to what they said were teacher opinions voiced from a liberal perspective.

At first Nordin (and others) said she admired the courage of students who wanted a club to express different views on campus. But she and five other student leaders said Friday the club's president, Tim Buehler, has repeatedly provoked controversy.

Buehler acknowledged he is provocative but denied his club promotes hate, as some students and teachers have suggested.

He said many of the school's teachers "simply don't want us here" and he likened his strategy in dealing with opponents to that of talk radio host Michael Savage, who has built a career on attacking liberals with vitriolic speech.

"We make it fun and we make it interesting and people want to come back," Buehler said.

With outside speakers from the National Rifle Association and the Eagle Forum, the club quickly drew attention, both from supporters and from opponents. But exactly what everyone is learning from the controversy is itself a matter of debate.

Teachers insist the club has accused them without any evidence of instruction that is biased against conservative views. And they objected to the club flier that urged students to report to a "conservative hot line" any "un-American comments" by teachers.

"To me that harkens back to McCarthyism," said business and computer teacher Trudy Nye.

Science teacher Mark Alton agreed and asked, "Who gets to decide if someone is a traitor or not?"

The club's members are equally insistent that teachers, whether consciously or not, are presenting a liberal world view and are using their role as instructors to criticize President Bush and other conservative leaders. They also said that during class time some teachers have belittled Buehler or other club members.

"My history teacher bashes on Tim," said club member Clay Curreri, a junior.

Gabby McGrath, a senior and a student government leader, said she has heard comments from a teacher that "weren't appropriate" about the club's members. But she and other student leaders said the club's participants are naive if they think they can say outrageous things and not provoke a response from teachers and students.

Senior class Vice President Jason Wang said students considered it denigrating when Buehler's newsletter included an article saying that "liberals welcome every Muhammad, Jamul and Jose who wishes to leave his third-world state and come to America -- mostly illegally -- to rip off our health care system, balkanize our language and destroy our political system."

This week Buehler said he was twice threatened by groups of students angry about the article, which dealt with illegal immigration. He said on each occasion he went to teachers for help but received none.

Last week, some of the 50 members of the club met with Principal Mitchell Carter to discuss concerns about the two incidents and the teacher responses. Carter later said he had investigated and found no evidence of inappropriate action by teachers.

"We take our students' well-being very seriously," Carter said. He said he earlier had suggested that Buehler stay home the remainder of the week in order to "let things settle down." Buehler declined.

The same day a San Bruno group, the European/American Issues Forum, said it had filed a formal complaint on Buehler's behalf with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, alleging the school was failing "to eliminate a hostile environment" against the club president.

For now the school is dark, beginning a two-week holiday break. But no one thinks the controversy will go away.

Under school rules, the club can't resume meetings until it finds another adviser. But Buehler insists the club will survive, even if it does so off campus.

Amanda Clarke, the club's vice president, acknowledged that "Tim's slogans can be a little outrageous." But she said the club has a worthwhile goal and she hopes eventually students with different views will be able to discuss their opinions in a respectful manner.

"I think people just need to calm down," Clarke said.

THE CLUB

The Conservative Club has about 50 members at the 2,000-student school.

It began this fall after some students called for a forum to balance what they perceived as the teachers' liberal bias.

You can reach Staff Writer Robert Digitale at 521-5285 or rdigitale@pressdemocrat.com.


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; US: California
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Forty of the school's faculty, meanwhile, signed a letter objecting to the actions of the club, including a flier the club produced urging students to "take a stand against the liberal traitors who call themselves teachers."

Teachers insist the club has accused them without any evidence of instruction that is biased against conservative views. (uh huh...lol) And they objected to the club flier that urged students to report to a "conservative hot line" any "un-American comments" by teachers.

Bold and red are my doing

1 posted on 12/22/2003 1:07:44 PM PST by Syncro
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To: Syncro
"The Conservative Club has about 50 members at the 2,000-student school."

50 out of 2000=2.5%

I hope that there are other conservatives who did not join.

2 posted on 12/22/2003 1:21:53 PM PST by VMI70 (...but two Wrights made an airplane)
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To: Syncro

Buehler? Buehler? Buehler?


3 posted on 12/22/2003 1:26:07 PM PST by ZOOKER
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To: ZOOKER
"He's a righteous dude!"
4 posted on 12/22/2003 1:28:23 PM PST by steve8714
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To: VMI70
Hay, at least they have a conservative club.

How many other High Schools do?

This is a very liberal area and pretty much a bedroom community.

I imagine there are some "closet conservatives" that need to come out.

50 out of 2000=2.5%

Maybe they can apply for funds for being a minority group...

:>)

5 posted on 12/22/2003 1:33:24 PM PST by Syncro
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To: ZOOKER
He took a day off...
6 posted on 12/22/2003 3:00:16 PM PST by Syncro
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To: Syncro
"To me that harkens back to McCarthyism," said business and computer teacher Trudy Nye.

But that's a good thing Trudy. Communism doesn't mix with what this country is about. It's gotta be one or the other; you can't have some kind of funky blend of Marxist Republicanism. So we're going to get rid of communism. One old biddy at a time.

7 posted on 12/22/2003 6:53:58 PM PST by TigersEye (Dean people sssssssssuck!)
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To: Syncro
Science teacher Mark Alton agreed and asked, "Who gets to decide if someone is a traitor or not?"

Well, he's the teacher. Is he suggesting that there are no standards by which one could possibly be deemed a traitor? Perhaps he could shell out for a dictionary to learn...ya know...like set an example for the students.

8 posted on 12/22/2003 7:07:07 PM PST by highlander_UW
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To: Syncro
Club members, who number about 50 and meet once a week, counter that the educators are belittling them before other students and said two teachers failed to take action when their club leader was threatened -- an allegation the school principal rejected.

Of course if the student who was belittled by a teacher was black, hispanic, Indian, or gay the administration would have held an investigation, and the teachers would have already been suspended without pay.

9 posted on 12/22/2003 7:49:47 PM PST by freebilly
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To: TigersEye
Yep use incrementalizm as they did to get where they are now.
10 posted on 12/22/2003 8:54:55 PM PST by Syncro
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To: Syncro
Point your finger at someone and say bang and you are facing weeks of suspension.

Lord help you if a butter knife ends up in the back seat of your car.

Draw a picture of Army combat and face the scorn of your peers.

Apparently threatening a conservative student with physical harm isn't on this school's zero tolerance list.

11 posted on 12/23/2003 8:57:59 AM PST by GSWarrior
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To: Syncro
Bump!
12 posted on 12/23/2003 10:10:35 AM PST by talleyman (God bless FR & Merry Christmas!)
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To: Syncro
It does look like this club is a little out of bounds for how they criticize.

Refinement is needed.

13 posted on 12/23/2003 12:09:11 PM PST by sauropod ("If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy.")
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To: Syncro
the conservative hotline...haha..is that some kids cell phone?
14 posted on 12/23/2003 12:47:35 PM PST by BurbankKarl
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To: Syncro
We have one. Here's our webpage:

http://www.ncssmtars.20megsfree.com/

North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics Teenage Republicans (hence NCSSMTARS)
15 posted on 12/23/2003 5:12:45 PM PST by swaimh (Do your damndest in an ostentatious manner all the time -General George S. Patton)
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To: GSWarrior
Hold a door open for a woman and you're 'sexually harrassing her'.
Make the mistake of smiling at a woman and you must be leering at her.
Be one of her multiple bedmates for the evening and you're not supposed to think she's a tramp.
Be a 'metrosexual' wussified pom-pom boy and it's okay to do all of the above.
I guess I don't understand their ideas anymore than their 'zero tolerance' myself.

But they really mean zero tolerance for anything they disagree with.
16 posted on 12/23/2003 5:58:00 PM PST by Darksheare (Lead me not into temptation, I can find it well enough on my own.)
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To: GSWarrior
Yep, I have been in the neighborhood for many years, and it has gotten worse.
17 posted on 12/23/2003 10:38:41 PM PST by Syncro
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To: sauropod
Refinement is needed

Yes, for sure.

They are young and have a lot to learn, but they are doing something and I applaude them for that. It is a start.

I will be meeting with them in the near future.

18 posted on 12/23/2003 10:41:38 PM PST by Syncro
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To: swaimh
Thanks!

I will see that this group gets in contact with them. They can share ideas.

19 posted on 12/23/2003 10:43:50 PM PST by Syncro
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To: Darksheare
Yea, don't be a WASP.

Then you are protected.

Interesting the type of people that founded this country.

They would be in jail now for some of their views.

Oops, no they wouldn't.

They would fight it like they fought the British...
20 posted on 12/23/2003 10:46:25 PM PST by Syncro
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To: Syncro
If they're truly being messed with, they need to know about:

FI RE

21 posted on 12/23/2003 11:04:09 PM PST by Bernard Marx ("Do what you are afraid to do." Anonymous.)
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To: Syncro
That is very true.
*chuckle*
22 posted on 12/24/2003 4:03:20 AM PST by Darksheare (Lead me not into temptation, I can find it well enough on my own.)
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To: Syncro
Teachers insist the club has accused them without any evidence of instruction that is biased against conservative views.

I can't say anything about current Sonoma County teachers, but when I was in school many years ago, there was certainly a disproportionate number of liberals.

I cannot forget one Jr. High English teacher, who explained "trickle-down" economics to us. According to him, money is distributed (somehow) by government, and it is given to poor people by Democrats, and rich people by Republicans. < begin teacher idiocy> Poor people spend it, and that's what keeps the economy going. Rich people don't even need it (because they're rich), and they'll just keep it all for themselves. It's plain silly to think that when the rich people have all the money, they'll spontaneously give it to the poor people, and that's why trickle-down doesn't work.</teacher idiocy off> That little gem was "taught" me in the early 70s.

23 posted on 12/24/2003 6:14:49 AM PST by exDemMom (I just joined the Army. Wow.)
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To: Darksheare
This is a vast left wing conspiracy and I can prove it:
It is McCarthyism when one takes a stand against someone breaking the law.It became hell to pay when this person stood against illegal aliens. Speaks loads for both Republicans and Democrats.
The Liberals spew their venom and take issue when someone objects. This is America where only liberals are allowed to voice their opinions. Zeig Heil Hitlery!
24 posted on 12/24/2003 6:15:13 AM PST by gunnedah
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To: Syncro
....Hay, at least they have a conservative club......

Actually they don't.

The faculty advisor resigned. The alternatives were probably quit or loose your chances foa advancement.

Tape recorders for all. All teachers on the record all the time is the only solution. NEA trash must be eliminated from the system.
25 posted on 12/24/2003 6:24:14 AM PST by bert (Have you offended a liberal today?)
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To: gunnedah
You noticed that too.


The example of being told that you're sexually harrassing a woman because you're holding the door open for her is an actual event that I witnessed first hand first person.
Been wondering how many others have experienced this lunatic paradigm shift.
26 posted on 12/24/2003 6:30:07 AM PST by Darksheare (Lead me not into temptation, I can find it well enough on my own.)
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To: bert
....Hay, at least they have a conservative club......

Actually they don't.

From the article:

"We take our students' well-being very seriously," Carter said. He said he earlier had suggested that Buehler stay home the remainder of the week in order to "let things settle down." Buehler declined.

The same day a San Bruno group, the European/American Issues Forum, said it had filed a formal complaint on Buehler's behalf with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, alleging the school was failing "to eliminate a hostile environment" against the club president.

For now the school is dark, beginning a two-week holiday break. But no one thinks the controversy will go away.

Under school rules, the club can't resume meetings until it finds another adviser. But Buehler insists the club will survive, even if it does so off campus. ___________________________________________________________

Asking Brehler to take the week off was a violation of his free speech. With that action the School was trying to silence the opposition to the teachers' liberal slant.

Concerning the bolded portion above, it will be interesting to see if the school is "diverse" enough to protect the civil rights of an American who is not a member of a "protected" minority.

27 posted on 12/24/2003 10:31:19 AM PST by Syncro
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To: TigersEye
"But that's a good thing Trudy. Communism doesn't mix with what this country is about".. Maybe Trudy needs to read Ann Coulter..
28 posted on 12/25/2003 4:36:08 AM PST by Zipporah
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To: Zipporah
Her head would explode. The bare flame of truth directly injected into that slurry of fermented propaganda would create a super-heated mush with no room for expansion in the confined space of her skull. Ka-whoom!
29 posted on 12/26/2003 5:03:05 PM PST by TigersEye (Dean people sssssssssuck!)
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To: GSWarrior
Apparently threatening a conservative student with physical harm isn't on this school's zero tolerance list.

It looks more like it's on their list of criterion for faculty awards.

30 posted on 12/26/2003 5:28:33 PM PST by TigersEye (Dean people sssssssssuck!)
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To: exDemMom; Syncro
Teachers insist the club has accused them without any evidence of instruction that is biased against conservative views.

I attended my wife's credential ceremony a couple of weeks ago for the education dept of a "North Bay College". The student speaker was no doubt selected to give the address because it seemed she was a model student to her leftist professors. Her talk consisted of the words "peace" and "social justice" and also referenced Ghandi. I also know that "muliculturalism," "diversity," and "social justice" are very much a part of much of the cirriculum of that education dept. I'm not suprised about these students complaining about leftist teachers, because that's mostly what the schools turn out.

31 posted on 12/28/2003 7:40:46 PM PST by stratman1969 (Daschle, Kennedy, Hitlery, McAwful and the nine dwarfs are deeply saddened!!!!!!!!)
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To: Syncro
I attended a well known Catholic high school in Joisey when Reagan beat Carter. The brother who taught history looked like he had been shot. He was going on and on about how Carter was great and Reagan was going to be a disaster. All of a sudden this huge neanderthal said ominously "Carter is a p%$$y."-I became a conservative right then and there.

(No, the kid did not get in trouble-he was only there to play football and we won the states year in and year out).

32 posted on 12/30/2003 9:30:51 AM PST by MattinNJ (USA 2-Iraq 0 (The game was not as close as the score would indicate))
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To: Syncro
BUMP...

Because this kid is not only being threatened by gangs of bullies BUT he's being harassed by the faculty. Simply for asking why the LAW isn't being upheld.

Sickening.

33 posted on 12/31/2003 4:17:13 AM PST by Wormwood ("Howard Dean is proof that God endorses the Bush presidency" - Dick Morris)
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To: TigersEye
wwwwaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaa, I can't breathe!!!!hahahahahahaha, my side hurts, hahahaahahahahaha
34 posted on 12/31/2003 4:45:41 AM PST by coincheck (support our troops, they are the best bar none (sua sponte))
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To: Demnomore; Mama_Bear; jkphoto; JustAmy
Other posts about this issue:

Click

Click again

Last one for now...more later on the Eagle Forum Conference

35 posted on 01/21/2004 1:04:59 PM PST by Syncro
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To: Syncro
I am a member of this Conservative Club and have witnessed first hand the hate in this school. It is not so much the club causing the hate, it is the teachers. Mark Alton (A biology teacher ) has told students to take a stand against the conservative wing-nuts. Last time I checked politics, or encouraging students to rise against conservitive issues is not biology. Teachers have taken it upon themselves to teach only one side of the issue, and they pound it into our heads that this is right, and thats wrong. I have heard teachers spend a whole day saying what our country has done wrong, and why we should be ashamed of our country. He really made me feel bad to be an American, but after I thought about it, I am damn proud to be here. Ever read By the Lake of Sleeping Children, really helps you see how bad things could be. We have had racism, civil war, and bad presidential decisions, but we are still the best country on this earth. Organizations such as the ACLU and the NAACP are tearing us apart, they make it an 'us-them' thing. Where was the ACLU when the club president, Tim Buehler, was threatened? I'll tell you, they had there back turned because he is a white heterosexual male conservative. They select whom ever they want to help, and it will certainly never be us. We have never instigated, nor harbor hate. Kids and it seems adults alike can not distinguish the difference between racism and conservative. The Catamount (the school newspaper) did a article that said they think illegal aliens should have drivers licsenes, an obvious liberal viewpoint, and the school allows it. But when we published an article saying no they should not, it was 'racist'. We expose another side of the issue and it is racist. You may have also heard that our paper had the line 'the liberals accept and Jamal, Muhammad, and Jose into our country' but had someone else said the Conservatives are a bunch of Bob, John, and Joe's, that is still stereotyping but everyones OK with it. If you isolate aline or two out of the newsletter you do not know what we are, our first paragraph explains it all. Most of us are not conservative and I realize most will not know what we are until late college, but one thing is for certain, if we are not taught two sides of the issue, we will only be what we are taught. The bias has to stop and we have to be taught critical thinking. We must see there is no White, Black, Asian, or Hispanic, we are only American. I'm not saying do not take pride in our ancestry, but to not look at each others skin color, accent, or family, but to see him as an American. This is not an Us Them thing like the ACLU has so bluntly put it, but it is an American thing.
36 posted on 01/25/2004 11:56:21 PM PST by spitfire525
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To: spitfire525
Thanks so much for your input!

I am going to format your comments so they are easier to read.

From spitfire525:

I am a member of this Conservative Club and have witnessed first hand the hate in this school. It is not so much the club causing the hate, it is the teachers.

Mark Alton (A biology teacher ) has told students to take a stand against the conservative wing-nuts. Last time I checked politics, or encouraging students to rise against Conservative issues is not biology.

Teachers have taken it upon themselves to teach only one side of the issue, and they pound it into our heads that this is right, and thats wrong. I have heard teachers spend a whole day saying what our country has done wrong, and why we should be ashamed of our country.

He really made me feel bad to be an American, but after I thought about it, I am damn proud to be here.

Ever read By the Lake of Sleeping Children, really helps you see how bad things could be. We have had racism, civil war, and bad presidential decisions, but we are still the best country on this earth.

Organizations such as the ACLU and the NAACP are tearing us apart, they make it an 'us-them' thing. Where was the ACLU when the club president, Tim Buehler, was threatened?

l tell you, they had their back turned because he is a white heterosexual male conservative. They select whom ever they want to help, and it will certainly never be us. We have never instigated, nor harbor hate.

Kids and it seems adults alike can not distinguish the difference between racism and conservative.

The Catamount (the school newspaper) did a article that said they think illegal aliens should have drivers licenses, an obvious liberal viewpoint, and the school allows it. But when we published an article saying no they should not, it was 'racist'.

We expose another side of the issue and it is racist. You may have also heard that our paper had the line 'the liberals accept and Jamal, Muhammad, and Jose into our country' but had someone else said the Conservatives are a bunch of Bob, John, and Joe's, that is still stereotyping but everyones OK with it. If you isolate a line or two out of the newsletter you do not know what we are, our first paragraph explains it all.

Most of us are not conservative and I realize most will not know what we are until late college, but one thing is for certain, if we are not taught two sides of the issue, we will only be what we are taught.

The bias has to stop and we have to be taught critical thinking. We must see there is no White, Black, Asian, or Hispanic, we are only American.

I'm not saying do not take pride in our ancestry, but to not look at each others skin color, accent, or family, but to see him as an American. This is not an Us vs Them thing like the ACLU has so bluntly put it, but it is an American thing.

Thanks a lot spitfire.

I will comment on this tomorrow (oops it is tomorrow...) and hopefully we can get together before the Feb thing and talk things out. Your comments are grate!

37 posted on 01/26/2004 12:47:33 AM PST by Syncro
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To: bert
I would also like to add that we do have a new advisor for the club, which means we are still having meetings.
38 posted on 01/26/2004 11:37:34 PM PST by spitfire525
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To: spitfire525
I believe I saw that in the paper that you had a new advisor.

Grate!

Here is a press release from the Eagle Forum of California State President

Press Release: Santa Rosa, CA January 12, 2004

Update on Conservative Club of Rancho Cotate High School, Phyllis Schlafly Challenges Liberal Teachers to Debate; the Superintendent Faults the Principal

By Orlean Koehle, Eagle Forum of California State President

Phyllis Schlafly's name appeared on the front page of the Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, CA, Friday, January 9, with the heading "Phyllis Schlafly Joins Controversy," telling of Phyllis' challenge to debate the liberal teachers who have been giving seventeen-year old Tim Bueler, President and founder of the Conservative Club, the most criticism and opposition.

Phyllis will be coming to Santa Rosa to speak at a state all-day Eagle Forum Conference on February 7. She will arrive the afternoon of the 6th and would be willing to debate that evening. (If a teacher can be found to rise to the challenge.)

The article states that (because of national news coverage that Tim and the Conservative Club has received on talk shows and even an article in the Washington Times) thousands of e-mails from conservatives across the nation have been sent to the principal of Rancho Cotate's e-mail address offering support and aid for Tim but expressing outrage over the principal and two other teachers who refused to give Tim protection when he asked for their help when Latino students were threatening Tim.

The students were upset with an article that Tim had written against illegal aliens coming into our country and hurting the economy and health system of our own state and nation.

Even the superintendent of the Cotati-Rohnert Park School District, Michael Watenpaugh, agreed with the e-mails that the principal, Mitchell Carter, was wrong telling Tim to go home instead of offering him protection at the school.

The article goes on to say that the teachers and administrators at the school (in spite of all the opposition Tim has received) continue to say that there is no liberal bias at the school. I beg to differ.

As a conservative substitute teacher who has taught school throughout Sonoma County and as the State President of Eagle Forum of California, I was asked to come and speak for Tim's club last November on the very subject of "Bias in Our Schools."

For any teacher or administrator to deny that such a bias exists shows that they either have blinders on or the liberal viewpoint has so permeated public school and college campuses, it is no longer recognized as a bias.

Many fellow teachers have told me that they have to be "closet Republicans." If they ever dare to express their conservative views, they come under attack by fellow teachers or administrators or are given the cold shoulder and silent treatment.
They are no longer regarded as "team players or consensus builders." Some are afraid of even losing their jobs.

The fact that it is considered so unusual to have a conservative club on a high school campus shows there is a bias. The fact that Tim Bueler has been threatened by fellow students and granted no protection by the principal and teachers whom he asked for assistance shows there is a bias.

However, the greatest evidence of that bias is a three-page article written by a science teacher, Mark Alton, who came to hear my presentation and then wrote a "rebuttal" of my talk, which he gave to every teacher on campus.

(A teacher gave a copy to Tim Bueler who gave it to me.) Mr. Alton stated that "Eagle Forum is a vestige of the old Cold War right-wing - a God-fearing, anti-communist crowd," (which is actually all true) but then he insinuates that we are so outmoded, we just don't know what is going on today.
He said, "Historical scholarship and research has determined that quite a lot of what used to be 'facts' about American history just did not happen, e.g. Patrick Henry never said, 'Give me liberty or give me death.'" He goes on to say, "The Eagle Forum does not want to admit any of these real facts - just more liberal, anti-patriotic bias to them. She wants you to learn (memorize) these myths so you will be educated (indoctrinated) with her jingoistic flag-waving, then accept it without question as the truth."

Wow! Thank you for saying that, Mr. Alton. That was exactly one of the points I made in my talk about how some teachers today are using their classrooms to teach a biased, revised history that puts down our founding fathers, our form of government, our president (if he is a Republican). Even waving the flag and patriotism are considered old-fashioned and something to scoff at.

While I found Tim Bueler and the students of the Conservative Club to be polite, courteous, clean-cut, refreshing youth who share my same passion and love for our country, Mr. Alton labels the Conservative Club as "reactionary" and insinuates that it is similar to Hitler's Nazism.

He also attacks radio talk show hosts Michael Savage and Rush Limbaugh as the source of where the Conservative Club is getting their "mistruths."

I am actually thankful for Mr. Alton's essay for it is more evidence of the liberal bias that does exist in our public schools and gives more reason to believe in the need for a conservative club on every campus so another viewpoint can be expressed.

Mr. Alton states in his essay that he believes in "the freedom to debate." That is why we are specifically asking for him to rise to the challenge to debate Phyllis Schlafly. So far we have received no reply from him or any other teacher.

Perhaps he is just a little intimidated by Phyllis and the fact that she has a masters in political science from Harvard, is an attorney, writes a weekly syndicated column, has a weekly radio show, has written many historical books, and has actually helped create American history by leading the defeat of the ERA back in the 1970's.

Mr. Alton or any teacher at Rancho Cotati High School, who think you really know the facts of true American history, will you rise to the challenge to debate Mrs. Schlafly?

Thanks spitfire for the new post.

Do you know how FR mail works?

I will send you another message and you will see at the top of your screen in blue "you have mail"

Click on that. I'll see you soon

39 posted on 01/27/2004 12:14:33 AM PST by Syncro
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To: Syncro
The school board does not acknowledge the fact that Mr. Alton made the 3 page parody of our newsletter, but several teachers have verified that he is the one who wrote it.

P.S. would you like me to have Tim contact you?
40 posted on 01/27/2004 1:19:32 AM PST by spitfire525
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To: spitfire525; Syncro
Welcome to FR,spitfire525. :)

S and s,if y'all put together or already have a ping list,I'd appreciate being placed on it.

41 posted on 01/27/2004 2:22:55 AM PST by Free Trapper (Because we ate the green mammals first.)
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To: Free Trapper
Sure, I would be Glad To
42 posted on 02/01/2004 10:02:57 PM PST by Syncro
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To: demnomo; ZOOKER; steve8714; TigersEye; GSWarrior; talleyman; swaimh; Darksheare; exDemMom; ...
Here is an update on what the Patriotic Students are facing now at Rancho Cotati High School in Sonoma County, California.

If you wish to be taken off this list, please FR mail me. Thanks.

This is an email that I got from Tim Buler yesterday:

Conservative Club update — Rancho Cotati High School, Rohnert Park, California
Report by Tim Bueler

After Mr. Connich reigned from advising the Conservative Club, citing that other teachers were creating a “hostile” work environment for him, Gail Eagan, District Director of Student Services, stepped in as our interim adviser.

The following week the Conservative Club meet, and everything was OK, until ASB (Associated Student Body) decided to “reevaluate” our club status. They claimed concern that most of the money that our group was receiving to support us against the excesses of school administrators (and now, the excesses of the ASB, the administration’s apparent surrogate) went to the non profit High School Conservative Clubs of America (HSCCA).

HSCCA exists because when it became clear that our Conservative Club was under assault by the administration and liberal teachers who were doing all they could to destroy us, we started HSCCA as a way to help ourselves and other high schools around the country to start and defend Conservative Clubs.

The club officers did not want ASB to keep all our money under ASB control, let alone tell us how to spend it.
ASB held a meeting and voted 11-3 against the club. As it stands now, ASB has told us that they will write a series of questions that we have to answer, before we can be a club again. To date, the Conservative Club has waited for 4 weeks, while ASB takes its own sweet time to process the questions.

While the Conservative Club is left dangling on ASB’s bias and whim, the club officers decided that we had the right to meet in peaceful assembly — not as an ASB-approved club, but in exercise of our God given right to exercise our individual freedom of speech, as guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

Friday, March 5, 2004

Though “officially” inactive, the Rancho Cotate HS Conservative Club officers and some members decided to gather in peaceful assembly, unofficially, as a non-ASB “approved” club during lunch. We met in Mr. Connich’s classroom.

Prior to the gathering, some of the club officers were told by both Principal Carter and ASB teacher/adviser Mr. Kempiak that we were still allowed to meet in a classroom, but we would not be recognized as an “official club meeting” and we could not participate in the “privileges” that school clubs have, whatever they are.

With that in mind, the Conservative Club conducted it’s unofficial meeting without the usual PA system announcement that only “recognized” clubs are supposedly “allowed” to have. Instead, the gathering was spread by word of mouth and was relatively small.

The students inside the classroom were the club officers: Tim Bueler, Amanda Clarke, and Shane Palmer; along with about 8-10 other members. The meeting was being supervised by two teachers: Mr. Connich and Mr. Whitman.

As more students entered, student Keith Butler was closely followed by a yard duty staffer, who told Keith to “grab his stuff and go to the office.” When asked why, the yard duty staffer said she “had been advised to not let any more students into the meeting.”

Keith went outside, but instead of going to the office, he stood by the window and listened in on the meeting. The yard duty staffer left without asking Keith to leave the window.

A few minutes later, after four or five more students had entered the room, Principal Carter and the on-campus police officer walked in, and Mr. Carter spoke privately with Mr. Connich, while the Conservative Club continued to conduct its unofficial gathering.

Mr. Carter and the officer left after speaking with Mr. Connich, but on the way out, Principal Carter attempted to force Keith away from the window by grabbing his shoulders and pulling him away. Keith resisted and pulled away, but Mr. Carter continued, until the Conservative Club members voiced strenuous dissatisfaction with the principal’s actions.

During the rest of the unofficial gathering , two more students entered, then three or four more students attempted to. However, Mr. Connich, apparently acting on Principal Carter’s orders, told them to leave. Meanwhile, various teachers looked through the windows, apparently to see if the meeting was still being conducted.

After the meeting, club president Tim Bueler, and vice-president Shane Palmer asked to speak to Mr. Carter, but were denied access.

So the question remains, why did Principal Carter, after approving the unofficial gathering of the Conservative Club “without the privileges of an ASB recognized club,” deny entry to the meeting, but only to some members? Why did so many teachers suddenly develop an interest in the obscure classroom-meeting site? And besides setting themselves up in position to appropriate Conservative Club funding, just what ARE the “advantages” of being an ASB “recognized” club?

Friday March 11, 2004- Rancho Cotati High School, Rohnert Park, California.

President Tim Bueler received a letter from Gail Eagan, District Director of Student Services, Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District, regarding the March 5, 2004 meeting:

“As I told you on Friday, the only thing that can look like a club meeting is one that is a business meeting. Finally, I consider the "gathering" held last Friday at lunch to be a purposeful circumvention of my directive to you that the club was not to meet until it was reauthorized by ASB. Future acts of outright defiance of this nature will result in disciplinary consequences, which could include detention, Saturday School, or suspension from school.”
-signed, Gail Eagan
(Director of Student Services).

The members of the Conservative Club are outraged at this unconstitutional infringement of our rights of peaceful assembly and speech. The Conservative Club officers and members understand that we cannot represent that we are an ASB-approved club, and that until we are, we are forgoing whatever “benefits” ASB “approval” may confer.

However, we know we have the right to peacefully assemble and exercise our God-given Rights of freedom of speech, and we intend to continue to do so. We have begun to meet at lunch-time, outdoors, and are not using classrooms or class time. We are meeting voluntarily. We are not asking for school resources.
We meet, not as a club ordained by ASB, but as a club which meets under a charter from the High School Conservative Clubs of California, which is the state chapter of the High School Conservative Clubs of America.

We thank the ASB and the anti-American actions of the Rancho Cotate administration for forcing us to take this logical step to protect freedom of speech and freedom of assembly, because they have forced us to create a structure that now benefits schools throughout the county, the state, and the nation.

Because of our principled stand against the coercion of the administration, and the threats of ill-informed students, we have received inquiries and offers of support from thousands of parents and students throughout America.

Friday, March 11, 2004

Conservative Club president Time Bueler got the biggest America Flag he could find, put it on a large pole, and walked around school all day, displaying his love for America in the only way that had not yet been taken from him by school administrators.

At lunchtime, Conservative Club members gathered out by the quad and rallied around the flag. Many other students join in, as others wondered what the crazy Conservative Club was doing now.

The students recited the Pledge of Allegiance, which some said they have not done since fifth grade. After the Pledge, Bueler asked, “What does this Flag stand for? What does America stand for?” Bueler suggested that the flag stood for freedom — freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom to peacefully to assemble, and he pointed out how those freedoms included the right to have a Conservative Club, with or without ASB approval!

“How dare the school, take these precious, constitutionally-guaranteed rights away?” asked Bueler. By this time about 300 people had joined the gathering, talking about many issues. Some agreed, and some disagreed, but all came to the conclusion that RCHS administrators and the ASB were not only censoring the club, but were chilling freedom of speech and peaceful assembly.

Yard duty staffers arrived and told the group that the Conservative Club cannot meet as a club, but the students refused to budge. Then vice-principal Steve Port instructed Bueler to follow him. Initially, Bueler said, “OK,” and had his vice president take over the meeting.

Then, Bueler stopped. Something inside him told him to stand his ground. He turned to vice-principal Port and told him, “Sir I respectfully decline to go with you.”

The meeting continued. Bueler told the group, “This is true diversity! We’ve gathered many different races, sexes, and minds, among the 300 who are here. This is what diversity should look like, not the politically-correct imitation diversity that we are taught.”

After the bell rang and our meeting was over, Bueler was called into vice-principal Port’s office and was suspended “for disobeying authority.”

So much for freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and the right to be judged by a jury of peers, as if that right ever existed in the government indoctrination centers called “public schools.”

Hours later Bueler was called by the district office to notify him that he was suspended for an additional 2 days.

43 posted on 03/14/2004 4:01:35 PM PST by Syncro
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To: Syncro
"take a stand against the liberal traitors who call themselves teachers."

BUMP!

44 posted on 03/14/2004 4:09:04 PM PST by BenLurkin (Socialism is slavery.)
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To: Syncro
I'll steal another Freepers words here.

Mr. Bueler needs a hungry lawyer, a financial advisor, and a travel agent, and a big ass U-Haul to carry the check that Rancho Cotate HS is going to have to write to him.

L

45 posted on 03/14/2004 4:18:58 PM PST by Lurker (Don't bite the hand that meads you.)
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To: BenLurkin; Lurker; CounterCounterCulture; American Preservative
Lets see if only people with the word "Lurk" in there name respond...LOL

All seriousness aside though, check this out:

From the email:

After the meeting, club president Tim Bueler, and vice-president Shane Palmer asked to speak to Mr. Carter, but were denied access.

Here are the two Vice-presidents of the Conservative at Rancho Cotate High School getting an award from the Eagle Forum. An Internationally known Conservative Organization started by Phyllis Schlafly many years ago:

Uh, that is Shane on the right....With Phyllis and Melanie Morgan at the table.

46 posted on 03/14/2004 4:43:20 PM PST by Syncro
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To: Syncro
bttt
47 posted on 03/14/2004 4:55:04 PM PST by Dante3
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To: Syncro
Uh, would that be one actionable cause based on criminal assault, and three actionable causes based on discrimination and denial of civil rights, along with collusion on the part of school staff?
48 posted on 03/14/2004 5:36:43 PM PST by SteveH
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To: Syncro
Outrageous
49 posted on 03/14/2004 6:10:03 PM PST by rwfromkansas ("Men stumble over the truth, but most pick themselves up as if nothing had happened." Churchill)
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To: All
Urgent update in post 43.

Principal Mitchell Carter: mitchell_carter@crpusd.sonoma.edu

Assistant Principal:

steven_port@crpusd.sonoma.edu

Phone number to Freep these jerks:

(707) 792 - 4750
50 posted on 03/14/2004 6:14:05 PM PST by rwfromkansas ("Men stumble over the truth, but most pick themselves up as if nothing had happened." Churchill)
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