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Student 'starting to get crucified,' his dad says
rockymountainnews ^ | 03/04/06 | Julie Poppen

Posted on 03/05/2006 11:42:03 AM PST by Pikamax

Student 'starting to get crucified,' his dad says By Julie Poppen, Rocky Mountain News March 4, 2006

Sean Allen's dad says he isn't handling this week's media attention and threats as well as his son.

"Sean has handled this way better than his father," Jeff Allen, Sean's dad, said in an interview with Sean Hannity, syndicated talk show host with Fox News Channel's Hannity & Colmes.

"To read some of these e-mails that are attacking Sean is just devastating," he said. "It looks like the tactic is to turn it around, to make it about Sean and not about the comments (Jay) Bennish made.

"Sean is already starting to get crucified."

Sean Allen, who also was on the show Friday, said he has received anonymous e-mails "cursing" him. Even Overland High School students he considered friends are calling him spineless and gutless, he said.

But Jeff Allen, 50, who works for Buena Vista Games, the video game arm of the Walt Disney Co., said the family is strongly behind Sean, a budding stand-up comic who lives in a typical, covenant-controlled neighborhood in Aurora. He said that even Sean's mother, Patti Allen, 52, a registered Democrat, is supporting her son "100 percent."

"She's a Democrat; she's not a lib," Allen said, responding to Hannity's comment that his wife was a "lib."

"Regardless of party affiliation, there are certain things that don't belong in the classroom," Scott Thornton, Sean's 24-year- old half-brother, said about his mother's position. "Mr. Bennish's comments were inappropriate and radical. She feels ultimately that Sean made the right decision."

Neither Sean, a 16-year-old sophomore at Overland High, nor his parents returned repeated phone calls for comment Friday.

On -MySpace.com, Sean Allen makes numerous references to his comedy acts and notes that he performed at the Redfish New Orleans Brewhouse in Boulder.

"Seano" or "The Sean" writes that he is influenced by comedians Andrew Dice Clay and "the one and only" Richard Pryor.

He describes his favorite movies as Blade Runner, the Alien series and The Thing. He lists his heroes as God, Jesus, Moses, Thor and Dane Cook.

He describes his major as football.

Sean Allen posted some of his comic routines on MySpace.com but they were removed by Friday afternoon. However, KHOW-AM (630) posted some of the material on its Web site.

The following is from Allen's sketch lampooning Jehovah's Witnesses. In the bit, he describes a fictional Jehovah's Witness coming to his home with magnets of Jesus "at a disco club" and "at the driving range."

Here's the punch line: " . . . but this guy came to my house and i just - lost it on him. i took him into my house and beat him to death with his own bible . . . so now, im in the johovas witness protection program."

Thornton said he was proud of his younger brother.

"Teachers are bestowed the honor of educating our youth. If they take advantage of that by going on these types of tirades, I think they should be held accountable."

In the Hannity interview, Sean said he had received numerous supportive e-mail messages from parents across the country.

"It really makes me feel really, really good this has done something and changed things so teachers who are like this start to think twice," Sean Allen said.

But neither Sean Allen nor his father, who initially distributed the recording to the media, want Bennish fired. They just want him to stick to the curriculum and stop with the political commentary. Jeff Allen said firing Bennish would send a negative message to good teachers, who would be afraid to say the wrong thing.

"We want them to give their opinion," Jeff Allen said. "We want the other side as well."

Because of the heated debate the Bennish affair has caused, Sean Allen said he may transfer to another school. "I'm working on putting my safety and my family's safety first," he told Hannity.


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1 posted on 03/05/2006 11:42:06 AM PST by Pikamax
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To: Pikamax; sure_fine

Hang in there, kid. You know you're over the correct target when you're taking flak.


2 posted on 03/05/2006 11:44:49 AM PST by butternut_squash_bisque (Borders, Language, Culture™)
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To: Pikamax
"To read some of these e-mails that are attacking Sean is just devastating," he said. "It looks like the tactic is to turn it around, to make it about Sean and not about the comments (Jay) Bennish made.

Liberalism on display at its finest.

3 posted on 03/05/2006 11:44:59 AM PST by Fruitbat
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To: Pikamax
"It looks like the tactic is to turn it around, to make it about Sean and not about the comments (Jay) Bennish made. "Sean is already starting to get crucified."

Not surprising. Isn't that what liberals do? Prayers for strength for Sean and family.

4 posted on 03/05/2006 11:45:35 AM PST by Faith
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To: Pikamax

This is badly written. Who is Jay Bennish, and what did s/he say, and how does that relate to the kid's comic routines?


5 posted on 03/05/2006 11:48:37 AM PST by John Jorsett (scam never sleeps)
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To: Pikamax
In a time of universal deception, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
-- George Orwell
6 posted on 03/05/2006 11:52:33 AM PST by VOA
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To: VOA

Orwell was such a genius. Wish he and McCarthy were still around.


7 posted on 03/05/2006 11:58:43 AM PST by Crazieman (6-23-2005, Establishment of the United Socialist States of America)
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To: butternut_squash_bisque

This tactic by liberals is a disgrace. Aren't they the ones who always glorify "whistlblowers?" Aren't they the ones who value and promote "challenging authority"? Their reaction to this reveals their utter hypocracy.


8 posted on 03/05/2006 11:58:47 AM PST by MrBlueSky2005
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To: John Jorsett

Jay Bennish is the kid who tapped his geography teacher politically indocrinating his students -- about as far left as you can go really.

You can listen to the teacher here: http://www.850koa.com/cc-common/podcast/single_podcast.html?podcast=news_worthy.xml

Read more about it here: http://michellemalkin.com/archives/004689.htm


9 posted on 03/05/2006 11:59:26 AM PST by pcx99
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To: John Jorsett

Gee, why don't you search on "bennish" and you just might get up to speed!


10 posted on 03/05/2006 12:01:16 PM PST by rebel_yell2
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Gee, why don't you search on "bennish" and you just might get up to speed!

I didn't think it was unreasonable to expect an article referring to somebody to explain who the person is and his/her significance. Figuring that out shouldn't be an exercise left to the reader. But maybe that's just me ...

11 posted on 03/05/2006 12:06:47 PM PST by John Jorsett (scam never sleeps)
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To: Pikamax
I hope thousands of students in high schools and colleges across the country begin to use their I-Pod's to record and expose their frothing anti-American teachers and professors .
It's high time these seditious creeps get dragged out from under their cozy little rocks and get exposed for what they are , an evil cancer attacking the minds of American youth.
12 posted on 03/05/2006 12:10:09 PM PST by LeoWindhorse
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To: pcx99

Sean Allen is the student.

Jay Bennish is the insane "teacher".


13 posted on 03/05/2006 12:10:18 PM PST by Politicalmom (Must I use a sarcasm tag?)
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To: Pikamax

I saw him on TV. He seemed a smart, capable young man. I'm sure good things are in his future.


14 posted on 03/05/2006 12:29:52 PM PST by Lorianne
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To: Lorianne

Who would curse a 16-year-old kid? Terrible. I wonder if there is a way to protect Sean's grades from possible retribution from teachers?


15 posted on 03/05/2006 12:37:51 PM PST by Landry Fan (Piglet says "I won't lego of my legos!")
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To: MrBlueSky2005; sure_fine

They've been doing this for decades, and the GOPers just sat and took it. Conservatives have fought back and it's scaring the lib-dem trash that we have spines and can give it back to them.

Remember, it's "their way of the highway". No room for anyone or anything that contradicts their mantra and agenda.


16 posted on 03/05/2006 12:43:35 PM PST by butternut_squash_bisque (Borders, Language, Culture™)
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To: John Jorsett

I agree with you.

Upon finishing the article, I was left wondering what the heck to whole stink was about.


17 posted on 03/05/2006 12:50:35 PM PST by 2111USMC
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To: MrBlueSky2005

Only whistleblowers who expose repubs - those who expose the dems/libs/old media are BAD.


18 posted on 03/05/2006 1:23:08 PM PST by CyberAnt (Democrats/Old Media: "controversy, crap and confusion" -- Amen!)
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To: butternut_squash_bisque

That's right. He stood up courageously. He should just go on to college; he's getting flak from twerps.


19 posted on 03/05/2006 1:29:28 PM PST by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: Pikamax

Any threatening e-mail and the dad could have come commies arrested. That would be more fun! Don't whine, dad. Go after the pigs.


20 posted on 03/05/2006 1:45:35 PM PST by Galveston Grl (Getting angry and abandoning power to the Democrats is not a choice.)
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