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FREEP this high school principal (as he abridges freedom of speech to a young conservative)
protestwarrior.com ^ | 2004 | Bryan Henderson

Posted on 06/22/2004 10:45:04 PM PDT by Mississippi Individual

Long story short... high school kid posts conservative messages, has messages torn down, is violently threatened by adults and students, gets appointment with principal, principal starts to realize his freedoms but finally yields to fanatics.

Read the whole story, but we must freep this man as he, after seeming reasonable, yielded to the fear of violent opposition.

Todd Browning, Principal Princeton Senior High School 1321 Stafford Drive Princeton, WV 24740 Email: tdbrowni@access.k12.wv.us


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government
KEYWORDS: aclu; aclumia; brainwashing; chomsky; indocrination; noamchomsky; pc; politicallycorrect; protestwarrior; publicschool; reeducationcenter; taxdollarsatwork; youpayforthis

1 posted on 06/22/2004 10:45:05 PM PDT by Mississippi Individual
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To: Mississippi Individual

most states have laws against making terrorist threats. Go to the police, file a police report demand prosecution. Let them negotiate with you to drop charges.


2 posted on 06/22/2004 10:46:58 PM PDT by Walkingfeather
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To: Mississippi Individual

If I was school principal, there'd be NO SIGNS whatsoever. School is for learning, not political rabblerousing- I mean expression.


3 posted on 06/22/2004 10:47:32 PM PDT by cyborg
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To: Walkingfeather

That's what I would do.


4 posted on 06/22/2004 10:47:54 PM PDT by cyborg
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To: cyborg

I should note that I am not the student in question here. I was simply referencing a great story. Please read it and act.


5 posted on 06/22/2004 10:50:49 PM PDT by Mississippi Individual
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To: cyborg

When sepenas start flying people will start to reccognize your freedom of speach rights. Make them take out a public add in the local paper, apologizing to you ( make sure you have editorial approval ) then sting them with a appropriate dollar donation your favorite conservative charity.


6 posted on 06/22/2004 10:52:46 PM PDT by Walkingfeather
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To: Walkingfeather

yup! exactly... I think this student should assert his rights the same way the libs do.


7 posted on 06/22/2004 10:53:42 PM PDT by cyborg
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To: Walkingfeather
When sepenas start flying people will start to reccognize your freedom of speach rights.

PET PEEVE RUN AMOK:

It's "subpoena," not "sepena."

And it's "speech," not "speach."

Ever since I got out of surgery, these things grate on me more than usual. Please take no offense.

8 posted on 06/22/2004 10:58:08 PM PDT by Prime Choice (When Clinton lies, he insults our integrity. When Kerry lies, he insults our intelligence.)
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To: Prime Choice

I Opaulagyz


9 posted on 06/22/2004 10:59:05 PM PDT by Walkingfeather
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To: Mississippi Individual

WOW! Impressive communicating and standing up for Constitutional rights.

AND, what a learning experience, one would hope for all concerned but evidently only for those of your persuasion! LOL.

CONGRATS. PLEASE KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK THE REST OF YOUR LIFE!


10 posted on 06/22/2004 11:06:59 PM PDT by Quix (Choose this day whom U will serve: Shrillery & demonic goons or The King of Kings and Lord of Lords)
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To: Mississippi Individual

Just for contrast, here is a description of my daughter's high school commencement speech by the Senior Class President.

Following a pleasant and mildly humorous address, and after the obligatory thanks to parents, teachers, etc, the girl said, "and I want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, with whom I have a personal relationship!"

The statement evoked loud, deliberate and sustained applause.

She finished her speech a minute later with a quotation from Scripture, St. Paul on running the race.

More emphatic applause.

This was a public high school in Northeast Ohio, between Akron and Cleveland, where people still get it.


11 posted on 06/22/2004 11:08:34 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Walkingfeather

funny!!


12 posted on 06/22/2004 11:08:44 PM PDT by bgcountry187
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To: Mississippi Individual
Wow! This kid is my new hero. Way to go Bryan Henderson.

miserable failure miserable failure miserable failure miserable failure war criminal

13 posted on 06/22/2004 11:08:53 PM PDT by Fun Bob
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To: Mississippi Individual

This kid's going to be successful in whatever he chooses to do. He's already an excellent writer, and he knows how to research and debate. Really, some of the most coherent, interesting prose I've read in a while.


14 posted on 06/22/2004 11:12:12 PM PDT by Rastus (Forget it, Moby! I'm voting for Bush!)
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To: cyborg

while school IS for learning, most teachers try to sneak their liberal opinion in and this kid decided he would loudly voice his opinion. Kudos to the pw!! I read the article a while ago on the pw headquarters website. I wrote the principal because this kid had had enough of all the liberal propaganda at school and decided to do something about it.


15 posted on 06/22/2004 11:12:32 PM PDT by bgcountry187
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To: bgcountry187

Of course if the school is going to allow such posts, then to be FAIR they have to allow conservative posters. Liberals like fairness when it only applies to them.


16 posted on 06/22/2004 11:14:02 PM PDT by cyborg
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To: Mississippi Individual

Great story. I appreciate the post.


17 posted on 06/22/2004 11:14:51 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: Mississippi Individual

Great effort! You have succeeded in almost every way.

You may wish to appeal the poster decision to the school board. You can request an opportunity to speak for a few minutes at a board meeting.

In the meantime I suggest that you keep a record of all posters that are not strictly related to school, or which may offend some people, as they appear now and in the weeks to come.

You may want to use this opportunity to follow the procedures for forming a school sanctioned club with a faculty sponsor. You know, something like the "Thomas Paine Student Activist Forum."

Educating others, causing people to think, and challenging popular misconceptions are goals worthy of the Socratic tradition. People shout the loudest when they are the least certain of their arguments. Kudos!


18 posted on 06/22/2004 11:34:27 PM PDT by concentric circles
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To: Mississippi Individual
A great lesson in totalitarian thought crimes charged against those who challenge the politically correct establishment.

The Left was all for "questioning authority" until they became the establishment.

19 posted on 06/22/2004 11:44:37 PM PDT by weegee (Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them. ~~Ronald Reagan)
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To: Mississippi Individual
That revolting hog of a history teacher is enough to make me want to paint a swastika on her desk, just to see if I could make her pop a blood vessel. (And I'm Jewish!!).

The kid himself is unbelievably politically aware, articulate, and courageous. I wish I'd been that together in high school - my Nazi thug administrators and wizened old bag teachers would have thought they'd died and gone to hell. (They weren't very comfortable with me around as it was... but this kid is *incredible*).

20 posted on 06/23/2004 12:23:12 AM PDT by fire_eye (Socialism is the opiate of academia.)
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To: hinckley buzzard

Glad to see you posting. It has been a long time.


21 posted on 06/23/2004 12:27:23 AM PDT by Pontiac (Ignorance of the law is no excuse, ignorance of your rights can be fatal.)
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To: Mississippi Individual

Great kid. Smart. Very bright. The article is worth the read.


22 posted on 06/23/2004 12:47:24 AM PDT by BJungNan (Stop Spam - Start Charging for Email - You get 2000 a month for free, then you pay!)
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To: Prime Choice
Ever since I got out of surgery, these things grate on me more than usual.

They took out your tolerance gland?

23 posted on 06/23/2004 1:01:04 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck
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To: fire_eye

Great tagline


24 posted on 06/23/2004 1:12:12 AM PDT by highlander_UW (Evil doesn't want to leave you alone. It wants to draw you in and force you into complicity. - Keyes)
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To: Mississippi Individual
Impressive story. I wouldn't come down too hard on the principal, he's just trying to walk a fine line...he just stumbled a bit to the wrong side.

As an aside, I'm working on a MA in ED and at the moment planning on teaching in public schools. I read a statistic that said principals spend on average nearly 25% of each week dealing with legal issues...this being just one sort of them. It's not a pretty job.

25 posted on 06/23/2004 1:14:27 AM PDT by highlander_UW (Evil doesn't want to leave you alone. It wants to draw you in and force you into complicity. - Keyes)
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To: Mississippi Individual

Well look at the photos. The guy is posting stuff over classroom charts, etc. Not even on a blank wall. The discretion is a bit lacking.

Though it IS funny.

I would have suggested printing big sheet magnets and sticking them on the front of his locker, rotating them from time to time.


26 posted on 06/23/2004 1:26:25 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck
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To: Mississippi Individual
She then stated that while she could see that I had strong political convictions and that a small group of students would understand the signs, most of them were "rednecks" that wouldn't get the meaning and would only laugh at the mocking of Arabs.

Does the hypocrisy ever end? "Rednecks?" A sign can't have the word "Arab", which isn't a racial slur, but she can say "rednecks"?

Her response: "It isn't a racial slur, it's honesty!"

Before I applaud this effort, I need to know if it was in proportion to the indoctrination. The way that young Mr. Henderson is portraying it, it doesn't read like that. But I could be wrong.

Bryan Henderson is a heckuva smart kid, but he's a bit brash. I wonder if he listens to Michael Savage, another smart but often too abrasive guy.

27 posted on 06/23/2004 1:57:04 AM PDT by L.N. Smithee (Just because I don't think like you doesn't mean I don't think for myself)
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To: Mississippi Individual
The following Tuesday, the principal finally handed down his verdict. Unfortunately, he decided to "err on the side of caution" and would not allow me to post my signs. He said that the Iraqi war and the other issues in the signs do not directly affect the school or its students. But he did allow me to distribute them at lunch to any and all students who were interested

This is alarming. I don't doubt the principal said it but it's a good indicator of the state of our eduction system. In a few months some of their students who just graduated could be fighting in the Middle East. All of their new graduates are now living in the real world in some capacity or other. This does directly affect them.

She told me I knew nothing about Islam, because I am not Muslim and she is. ( referring to an argument he had with a student's mother )

Funny part is that they both lived in an Islamic country, she would be quickly hauled away and possibly put in a nut hatch, unless her family was well connected.

28 posted on 06/23/2004 2:03:17 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult ("Read Hillary's hips. I never had sex with that woman.")
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To: Mississippi Individual

His signs are priceless. Maybe, he can get them out in another way. I love the one with the cute girls saying how the liberation of Iraq is too expensive.:) Best of luck to him for a great future!

I think the way he had posted the signs is wrong. I agree there is a major problem with the schools and liberal teachings. Sometimes I feel I have to de-program the kids when they get home. I fear if those signs can be posted everywhere, then the next sign will be from a leftist kid denigrating Bush and his policies. It is a no win situation. I wouldn't want my son and daughter walking down the hall with negative signs of Bush up. Liberal policies shouldn’t be taught in schools. That's the point he should now take and run with now that he has the attention. Bring the point home that the reason for placing the signs was due to the bombardment of leftist teaching in the class rooms. How frustrating it is hearing all of the leftist one-sided teachings in the classrooms. Call a paper and a local tv station. Who knows, maybe he can go on television and radio.

The signs, which were being posted all over, although I fully support what they express, are wrong. The reasoning of the School administration and how they handled it, is ridiculous. Some school admin. Resorted to the racism tactic. How sad that is!


29 posted on 06/23/2004 5:11:15 AM PDT by GodBlessUSA (Bush/Cheney 2004!)
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To: hinckley buzzard

Better than my brother's high school graduation, where the valedictorian spent her 5 minutes in the spotlight railing against "our unjust war" and unfavorably commented on the military, pro-lifers, and anyone who has religious faith.

Meanwhile my brother, and several other classmates, are bucking the local trend and enlisting in the military. Imagine how it felt to have the official approved speech at their graduation talking about the evil of the military!


30 posted on 06/23/2004 5:59:37 AM PDT by Rubber_Duckie_27
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To: Rubber_Duckie_27
"Better than my brother's high school graduation, where the valedictorian spent her 5 minutes in the spotlight railing against "our unjust war" and unfavorably commented on the military, pro-lifers, and anyone who has religious faith. "

Given that she was already ruining the ceremony, boos and hisses would have been appropriate. Then the little darling's composure would have been lost and her true colors and character would have shown. I am one for decency and decorum but would not hesitate to boo loudly in such a circumstance.

31 posted on 06/23/2004 6:23:06 AM PDT by tom h (.)
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To: Mississippi Individual

What an amazing boy, it gives one hope for the future.


32 posted on 06/23/2004 6:32:47 AM PDT by MissAmericanPie
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To: HiTech RedNeck
They took out your tolerance gland?

They took out my "hush-&-mush" gland. That's the one that (used to) tell me to keep my yap shut and just move along. Now I'm an equal-opportunity annoyer...

Dear God, I've turned into my father. The horror...the horror...

33 posted on 06/23/2004 6:37:37 AM PDT by Prime Choice (When Clinton lies, he insults our integrity. When Kerry lies, he insults our intelligence.)
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To: Prime Choice

RE: #8:

" Ever since I got out of surgery, these things grate on me more than usual. "

Well, obviously it wasn't a lobotomy, was it?

But we may suppose that it's a good sign that you're at least well enough to be ornery.

Now that you've shared with us what really irritates you, there are probably some good sports in here who will now grate away with jovial abandon.

Hang in there!


34 posted on 06/23/2004 7:17:18 AM PDT by Uncle Jaque ("Scots; WaeHa'ye Where Wallace Bled; Scots Wham Bruce Hae Aften Led;... ")
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To: hinckley buzzard

RE #11:

"This was a public high school in Northeast Ohio, between Akron and Cleveland, where people still get it."

Good for her!

And besides; it was too late to hassle or expel her for her Faith!

I hope she's going to a Christian College, or the next 4 years could be a preview of a coming Tribulation.


35 posted on 06/23/2004 7:20:44 AM PDT by Uncle Jaque ("Scots; WaeHa'ye Where Wallace Bled; Scots Wham Bruce Hae Aften Led;... ")
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To: MissAmericanPie

Bryan for President! This child is truly amazing. Oh that we had such conservative warriors in D.C. I predict great things for this young man.


36 posted on 06/23/2004 7:23:33 AM PDT by WVNan (Be faithful in little things, for in them our strength lies. (Mother Teresa))
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To: Uncle Jaque
" Ever since I got out of surgery, these things grate on me more than usual. "

Well, obviously it wasn't a lobotomy, was it?

Shh. Don't give 'em any ideas.   : )

But we may suppose that it's a good sign that you're at least well enough to be ornery.

I think so. Gotta keep up the fighter's spirit and all that good stuff.

Now that you've shared with us what really irritates you, there are probably some good sports in here who will now grate away with jovial abandon.

Yep, that's for sure. Guess I'll have to treat it like the new 14" ragged suture scar I have on my abdomen: it's repulsive, but eh...I'll get used to it.

Hang in there!

*salute* Sir, yes SIR!  

37 posted on 06/23/2004 7:24:36 AM PDT by Prime Choice (When Clinton lies, he insults our integrity. When Kerry lies, he insults our intelligence.)
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To: Mississippi Individual

WHAT!!???

These schmucks are threatening your kids down there in West VIRGINIA, and are still able to walk and see out of both eyes?

Getting pretty bloody "civilized" down there, ain't ya?

Have they tried this bilge down in Mississippi or Alabama yet?

Where did all the Rebels go? Looks like Washington's got y'all pretty well whupped into submission down there.

Never thought I'd see the day, frankly.


38 posted on 06/23/2004 7:26:08 AM PDT by Uncle Jaque ("Scots; WaeHa'ye Where Wallace Bled; Scots Wham Bruce Hae Aften Led;... ")
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To: Mississippi Individual

Hope you don't mind if I steal a Cal Thomas Quote from the FEDERALIST, but it seems to fit here.

Included is my commentary that I added in an E-Mailing to a number of contacts.




Heroes Remembered... Or a Legacy Lost?

Here we just dedicated the National WW-II Memorial in Washington DC... but are the Memories of those perilous times and of those who endured or perished in the struggle, ultimately earning the hard-won Victory, to be passed on to succeeding generations of Americans?

It seems that there are those among us who intend for those collective memories to be at best very "selective", if not utterly distorted, in order to advance their own political or idealogical agendae.

This observation from Cal Thomas just in as part of a regular "Federalist" update:

FEDERALIST Commentary: "Culture" - http://Federalist.com/main/about.asp

"From a May 28 report in The Washington Post, we learned that Tiffany Charles got a 'B' in history last year but is not sure what year World War II ended.

She can't name a single general, or one battle.
Neither is she able to name the president of the United States at the time. ... What DOES young Tiffany know?

...Tiffany can tell you about Japanese-Americans who were sent to internment camps. 'We talked a lot about those concentration camps,' she was quoted as saying.

'Concentration camps'? Those were used by the Nazis and Soviets.

The Post interviewed national education experts, teachers and more than 100 public school students and concluded that Tiffany's limited knowledge of World War II is 'typical of today's youths.'
Is this what we're getting for record education spending: kids who know more about the few wrongs America has committed than they do the many rights?

This girl and apparently many others like her in the monopolistic government schools aren't learning the truth'"

--Cal Thomas

*******

Here in Maine, a vast majority of our confiscatory property taxes go to fund "education".

So.... are we paying all this tribute to "Educate" our young people... or to "Indoctrinate" them?

The Grandfathers, Grammies, Uncles and Aunts who lived through the struggle and who can (if they can bring themselves to) tell their Decendants "How it was" are fast slipping away to rejoin Comrades and Buddies who never got to come home from "The Big One".

(Image of Burial @ Sea)
(Caption)= Rejoining Old ShipMates; USS Enterprise

Apparently the task of bearing the torch of remembrance to the succeeding Generations of Americans is passing from their hands and lips to those of our Public School Teachers and Administrators.

History, I submit to you, is no less than a sacred trust.

Are those whom we hire to bear this trust worthy of it? And if not, then what can and are we to do about it?

For God and Country;

("Uncle Jaque")
Americanism Officer
American Legion Post #XX,
XXX, Maine


39 posted on 06/23/2004 7:51:29 AM PDT by Uncle Jaque ("Scots; WaeHa'ye Where Wallace Bled; Scots Wham Bruce Hae Aften Led;... ")
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To: Mississippi Individual

Cool kid.


40 posted on 06/23/2004 8:34:58 AM PDT by stevio
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To: Mississippi Individual

Reminds me of my alma mater. The commencement speech by my principal was really trying hard to be liberal but lacked coherency. It turned out not to matter though because I got plenty of leftist lectures almost everywhere I went. In addition, one leftist tool was to the point where he posted crap from the NY Slimes on the bulletin boards and no one took them down (but doubtless anything countering it would have been removed immediately).

At least there's a Republicans group at college...


41 posted on 06/23/2004 8:42:47 AM PDT by GiveEmDubya (We Need a New Reagan Revolution)
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To: Mississippi Individual

Great young man!


42 posted on 06/23/2004 8:48:15 AM PDT by headsonpikes (Spirit of '76 bttt!)
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To: Pontiac

Thanks. I was "off the air" for awhile, but all is well.


43 posted on 06/23/2004 4:27:23 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Uncle Jaque

"And besides; it was too late to hassle or expel her for her Faith!"

True, but the heartening thing was the enthusiastic and spontaneous audience reaction. It was clear, we were making a statement to whosoever had ears to hear.


44 posted on 06/23/2004 4:30:18 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: hinckley buzzard
Several years ago in our middle school, the administration would not allow the students to have an invocation. The kids were upset but accepted the decision, or so the administration thought.

That night after all the kids had entered the auditorium and sat down, one of the kids sneezed. To a child everyone one of them said, "GOD BLESS YOU."

45 posted on 06/23/2004 4:33:04 PM PDT by mware
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