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Teachers' anti-war message draws fire
Cape Cod Online ^ | 6/15/10 | Cynthia McCormick

Posted on 06/15/2010 4:34:51 AM PDT by raccoonradio

SOUTH YARMOUTH — Some students are calling for the firing of two Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School teachers who held an anti-war sign during a school assembly Friday.

History teacher Marybeth Verani and English teacher Adeline Koscher made their silent protest during the part of the assembly in which school officials recognized graduating seniors who are entering the military.

"They not only imposed their political will, they imposed it at the wrong time," said D-Y junior Andrew Bowles Jr., who organized an after-school protest yesterday that drew about 30 students.

Parents and other community members have flooded the high school principal's office with about 40 e-mails and phone calls criticizing the teachers' actions.

"I honestly feel (the protest) was misplaced," said D-Y parent Joanne Schuman of Yarmouth. "I think they should have been removed from that event."

Some individuals have voiced support for the two teachers, who were put on paid leave until at least tomorrow, Verani said.

She said she and Koscher were not trying to undermine the students but "to address the expansion of military recruitment of children in our schools.

"I think we're supposed to open the door for differences of opinion," said Verani, a longtime peace activist. "We're not all in lock-step agreement on everything."

The protest unfolded during the senior last assembly, when the high school gathers to recognize graduates for a variety of achievements. For the last five years the recognition ceremony has included the awarding of plaques to students entering military service, said Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School principal Kenneth Jenks.

"Most schools don't recognize students who go into the military," he said.

When D-Y resource Officer Nicholas R. Pasquarosa Jr. addressed the crowd, comparing the volunteer enlistees to a sheepdog standing between the flock and a wolf, Verani and Koscher stood on the bleachers and held an "end war" sign while everyone else sat.

What to many was a sign of respect for the students was to the protesting teachers a recruiting moment, said Verani, who noted that assistant principal George Morrison, a National Guardsman, attended in military fatigues.

"This was a captive audience," she said, adding that the plaques should have been given out at an after-school awards ceremony that was not compulsory attendance for all students.

Verani and Koscher tucked their sign away and sat while the names of the six students entering the U.S. Marine Corps, Army and National Guard were announced.

They remained seated while the rest of those at the assembly gave the students a standing ovation.

"Standing and applauding is a sign of support for the decision these people have made," Verani said. "I want them to be home and alive and well and going to college and dating and having kids and coaching Little League."

The protest struck the wrong note with many attendees, Jenks said.

"Large numbers of students and faculty were upset," he said. "This is a recognition ceremony, not a classroom debate."

Heightening the reaction was the attendance of Yarmouth police Lt. Steven Xiarhos, who lost his son, U.S. Marine Cpl. Nicholas Xiarhos, to a roadside bombing in Afghanistan in July 2009.

Nicholas Xiarhos, a 2006 D-Y grad, was among the first group of students to receive a plaque recognizing their military service.

Jenks would not comment on what sort of discipline Verani and Koscher might face. "We're reviewing our options," he said. "The reality is we follow due process."

Bowles, who plans to join the Air Force ROTC when he graduates, said he wants the teachers fired.

"I'm sick of seeing people tarnishing the memory of our troops," he said as fellow students waved the American flag and sang the national anthem on Station Avenue.

James Kinney of West Barnstable, who knows Verani and wrote a letter to the editor of the Cape Cod Times in her support, defended the teachers.

"I think that it's important to show dissent," he said. "I think that's the highest form of patriotism."

Maureen Tuohy-Bedford, whose son Evan Tuohy-Bedford just graduated and has joined the U.S. Marine Corps, wouldn't let the protestors ruin Friday's assembly.

"The ceremony was beautiful," she said. "So many people did the right thing."


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: antiwar; bostonherald; capecod; moonbats; teachers

1 posted on 06/15/2010 4:34:51 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio
She said she and Koscher were not trying to undermine the students but "to address the expansion of military recruitment of children in our schools.

But I', quite sure they'd have no problem with recruitment into the ranks of the peace freaks, greenpeace, or some gay group.

I would get these two fired and thoroughly embarrassed. They wouldn't be the first teachers who I got fired because they wrecked their own careers.

2 posted on 06/15/2010 4:42:49 AM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (I can spell just fine, thanks, it's my typing that sucks.)
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To: Travis T. OJustice

On WBZ Boston last night host conservative talk host Dan Rea wondered “what if awards were to be presented to a bunch of gay students and two teachers stood up with signs saying homosexuality was immoral...what would be the reaction to that...?”


3 posted on 06/15/2010 4:48:22 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio
Liberals are incapable of controlling themselves...it's time to close down the public schools and give vouchers and allow the parents to select the best school available.

My tagline says it all.

4 posted on 06/15/2010 4:49:34 AM PDT by highlander_UW (Education is too important to leave in the hands of the government.)
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To: raccoonradio

Fire everyone of them! If they can’t support our country in the face of the jihad that threatens us, then they don’t deserve the privilege to teach our children. If they believe in their position let them travel to an afghani, paki or radical islamic village and see how long they last. The local jihadis cut off infidels heads for sport.


5 posted on 06/15/2010 4:49:58 AM PDT by databoss
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To: raccoonradio
"I think that it's important to show dissent," he said. "I think that's the highest form of patriotism."

Here they go with this meme again. It's patriotic in their eyes, unless it is against the Amateur-in-Chief and his crew, then you had better be in complete agreement.

6 posted on 06/15/2010 4:51:40 AM PDT by rjsimmon (1-20-2013 The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
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To: raccoonradio

I’m sure that these two rotting fleshpots would have no objection to the wars of Stalin, Mao, Ho Chi Minh, Castro, et al and the 60 million or so dead from their tyranny.


7 posted on 06/15/2010 4:56:27 AM PDT by centurion316
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To: raccoonradio

And who ends war? Soldiers.


8 posted on 06/15/2010 5:12:23 AM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: raccoonradio

The students should carry signs that read “My teacher is an idiot” in their classroom.I’m sure that wont be allowed.So much for a two way street for free speech in the classroom.


9 posted on 06/15/2010 5:13:44 AM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: imahawk

How about one that says “Jesus is Lord”? That teacher would fired on the spot.


10 posted on 06/15/2010 5:16:15 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: raccoonradio
"Standing and applauding is a sign of support for the decision these people have made," Verani said. "I want them to be home and alive and well and going to college and dating and having kids and coaching Little League."

What about what THEY want? Man, some people are terminally stupid.

11 posted on 06/15/2010 5:16:22 AM PDT by Huck (Q: How can you tell a party is in the majority? A: They're complaining about the fillibuster.)
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To: raccoonradio

“I think we’re supposed to open the door for differences of opinion,” said Verani, a longtime peace activist.”

Translation: It’s all about me, all of the time.

Self obsessed witch.


12 posted on 06/15/2010 5:20:04 AM PDT by y6162
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To: imahawk

What a great idea!


13 posted on 06/15/2010 5:22:35 AM PDT by McGavin999 (I'm sorry, your race card is overdrawn and no further charges can be accepted)
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To: raccoonradio

Further evidence that liberals do not give two flying you-know-whats about anyone or anything but themselves and their politics.

These students, probably only 17 years old, have made a courageous and heartfelt decision to protect this country and all in it, including their hippy teachers and they are thanked like this.


14 posted on 06/15/2010 5:24:49 AM PDT by JenB987 (I'm still an American and 'til they take that away from me there's no day ruined. - El Rushbo)
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To: raccoonradio

I think it goes deeper that the teacher hated the fact that these young people were mentioned. They have dedicated themselves to joining the military for us. It is a shame that their mention and their graduation day was such a negative point for them.


15 posted on 06/15/2010 5:29:05 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: raccoonradio

Liberals hate the military because it takes money away from government social programs. Those teachers want to end the war and military spending so that they can be paid more.


16 posted on 06/15/2010 5:30:04 AM PDT by outpostinmass2
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To: raccoonradio
"Standing and applauding is a sign of support for the decision these people have made," Verani said. "I want them to be home and alive and well and going to college and dating and having kids and coaching Little League."

She should have continued "Until the enemies come in and rape their children and wives before their eyes and cut off their heads with dull knives." as that is what her statement really means.

Liberals are so brain dead. How do they even manage to breathe?

Lord, please save and change each and every one of them, and if they won't be saved and changed, kill them before they lead others into hell with them. Amen

17 posted on 06/15/2010 5:32:09 AM PDT by John O (God Save America (Please))
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To: y6162

“I think we’re supposed to open the door for differences of opinion,” said Verani, a longtime peace activist.”

Translation: “As long as the opinion is one I agree with, otherwise shut the f**k up!”


18 posted on 06/15/2010 5:32:44 AM PDT by Jackson57
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To: raccoonradio

“For the last five years the recognition ceremony has included the awarding of plaques to students entering military service, said Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School principal Kenneth Jenks.

“Most schools don’t recognize students who go into the military,” he said. “

At my school we have the seniors who are entering the military stand and be recognized at our awards assembly each spring. It recognizes that some of our young people want to go on and do something worthwhile with their life... and it would be wrong to protest that, regardless of what a faculty member believed politically, because such conduct is unethical for a teacher. Aside from the incredible lack of patriotism and pacifist foolishness....


19 posted on 06/15/2010 5:43:40 AM PDT by GenXteacher (He that hath no stomach for this fight, let him depart!)
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To: GenXteacher
Aside from the incredible lack of patriotism and pacifist foolishness....

My grandfather, who grew up on a Midwest farm, was fired for making pacifist statements in his high-school classroom around 1916. Then he was canned from a teaching job at Whittier College for the same reason.

Fortunately, he straightened out eventually.

20 posted on 06/15/2010 5:53:15 AM PDT by SamuraiScot
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To: All

“I think that it’s important to show dissent,” he said. “I think that’s the highest form of patriotism.”

The highest form of patriotism is to VOLUNTEER to go under arms in defense of your country, your neighbor, and the stranger down the street...


21 posted on 06/15/2010 5:59:25 AM PDT by Boonie
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To: Boonie

I thought there was a caveat to “dissent is the highest form of patriotism” when it came to dissenting against 0bama and democRats.


22 posted on 06/15/2010 6:01:07 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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Whatever you think these teachers look like......you’re right.


23 posted on 06/15/2010 6:04:42 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: MrB

Yeah, you dissent AGAINST Boy Wonder and the Demos at your own peril....


24 posted on 06/15/2010 6:15:40 AM PDT by Boonie
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To: massgopguy; All

Caller to Dan Rea last night said these two teachers actively push their students to NOT join the military


25 posted on 06/15/2010 6:17:34 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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