Skip to comments.School Apologizes for Threatening Valedictorian (Update)
Posted on 06/21/2013 4:42:01 AM PDT by Timber Rattler
A Texas school district has apologized to a high school valedictorian whose appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy was threatened after he delivered a speech that referenced God and the U.S. Constitution in defiance of district policies.
Fran Merek, the superintendent of the Joshua Independent School District, issued a carefully worded statement apologizing for the incident.
On behalf of the school district, I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to Mr. Todd Reimer and Remington Reimer for any interpretation of a threat by Mr. Cochran in expressing his displeasure at a meeting on Friday morning between Mr. Todd Reimer and Mr. Cochran following Remington Reimers valedictory address, Marek wrote in a statement. The District has never intended to nor will take punitive action against Remington Reimer for deviating from the prior-reviewed speech. The District endorses Remington Reimers appointment to the Naval Academy and wishes him success for all future endeavors in his naval career. District officials will ensure that district policy is followed at future graduation ceremonies.
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If I were the father, this would not cut it for me.
The classic liberal non-apology apology
If the lad is admitted to the academy, the issue is settled.
Yeah, and then in the very last statement, they promise to do it again to any other student who dares to express free thought on God and the Constitution.
WHAT first ammendment ?
I'd sue the principal and the school district for destroying his naval career before it even started.
If Texas had the guts to rid ourselves of countless superintendents per school district to one per county we would have a better system. Not to mention cost per property tax needs to support said Superintendents.
The entire administration should be fired and blackballed. Thanks Timber Rattler.
No question about it.
This principal would never own a piece of property or hold a job in education again.
Not long ago, this sort of double-speak would have been expected in New York or Boston, but Texas would never have tolerated it. Today, it seems to be the best we can do in flyover country.
Texans are ashamed of the Joshua government indoctrination center run by statist nazis. Everyone on that school board should be voted out if the offensive principal and superintendent are not fired. Davy Crockett and William B. Travis are rolling over in their graves.
Wrong,The issue will not be settled because the A-holes that initiated it need to be held accountable for the attempt to ruin the lads future.They ran into the wrong parents this time.What has transpired before this and after with this school board.
Parents should kick back get a powerfull legal force ready,let him get in the academy, and then go for it.
That is not an apology.
I’m not sure what it is, but it is not an apology.
IMHO someone needs to lose their job over this. This was a serious threat to an American citizen First Amendment right. Personally I feel the family should not let this go so easily but it’s not up to me. Just my two-cents worth.
The locals need to rise up and run this turkey out of town on a rail right after having doused him with hot tar and feathers.
I agree, the school board should be held accountable for not taking action against the principal. But the last thing a potential freshman needs as he arrives at the Naval Academy is a lot of legal baggage.
Has the school board taken any corrective action? Have misbehaving school personnel been punished? If a kid is bad, punishment is administered. I hope!
Lousy sentence structure, too. I guess we should not be surprised that the students can’t read or write, with this quality coming from an administrator.
He can keep his job, after they keelhaul him.
After that it's unlikely he would cause any more trouble.
He has the appointment, reports in next week, and there's nothing the principal and school district can do about it except act like cry babies. If the Naval Academy staff is anything like my classmates from Air Force they're probably having a good laugh about the whole thing and looking forward to the induction of a new midshipman that has shown he has a spine.
THAT is NOT an “apology”!!!
There is NO acknowledgement that the principle did anything wrong.
Typical. I had a friend/neighbour a few years back who was a miserable, controlling, nosy, bossy liberal (sorry for being redundant). If anyone took offence to her nastiness, she would apologize by saying, “I’m sorry that you took offence.”
Liberals are so “smart”. They know everything and are never wrong, so how could they possibly have to apologize for anything. The fault is obviously with the person who just doesn’t get it.
That’s right...the superintendent is subtly blaming the Reimers for a misinterpretation of the threat, and there is NO apology for shutting off the kid’s mike during his speech. In fact, they’re promising to do it again if another student “deviates” from the officially authorized speech.
We should all start praying in unison at all such gatherings. Something short and simple, maybe the Serenity prayer, or something like that.
If everyone in any public gathering started doing this, well it would be interesting.
Of course, it would have to be coordinated, but it’s like the old song “alice’s restaurant”, if one person does it, he’s crazy, if two people do it, they’re both crazy, but if lots and lots of people do it, it’s a movement!
“Yeah, and then in the very last statement, they promise to do it again to any other student who dares to express free thought on God and the Constitution.”
This whole scenerio would be different if Conservatives would run for office and the like-minded people would get out the vote.
agree,my point was for the parents to lay low get the kid placed while getting some type of stealth legal and or accountability actions g(r)oing.Then after junior is all settled in at the academy then put the plan into action.Do like “they do” organize.Hold rallies against the school board,attend town meetings,write editorials,ask other kids to come forward about school official liberal abuse etc cause it aint going to end with that school district unless its brought front and center and this issue will be fresh on ever-ones mind.
If he hasnt been appointed and isnt sue the crap out of the principle for malice or something along those lines.
It typically requires a recommendation from a member of congress to be considered for admission. From previous reading on this story, I think this has happened and the kid is headed to the US Navy.
Parents should keep their eye on the prize before going after revenge. The principal will be rewarded at some point...
I guess you could say its the “Principle”.
Its nice to see this isolated A-Hole principle got outed to the masses via FOX (dont think anyone else covered it) for being a dusch
it sounds like he is threatening all that come after this graduating class. Not to smart....The idiots are setting themselves up for another law suit....
A compleatly lawyered-up BS apology written in pluperfect public schooleze.
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The solution is to **shut down** the current socialist entitlement, single payer, and collective school system that produced these superintendents and is producing more as I type.
The system must be replace with PRIVATE alternatives and ( preferably) non-Prussian model and prison-like brick and mortar schools.
The entire administration should be fired and blackballed. Thanks Timber Rattler.
Then shut down the socialist-entitlement, collectivist, and single-payer indoctrination camps, raze the building, dig up the foundations, and salt the earth.
The who scenerio would be different if Conservative shut down the entire evil socialist-entitlement and collectivist system of schooling.
There are counties and even whole states where, if conservatives and Christians removed their kids the entire EVIL system of socialist-entitlement and collectivist indoctrination camps ( mis-named “schools”) would IMMEDIATELY collapse!
Why should God save this nation when Christians and conservatives do this to their own kids?
Sadly it is much easier for many to sit around wringing their hands and complaining. They will whine how the system needs to be wiped out, teachers fired, buildings closed, etc... while not actually doing anything.
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