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School Apologizes for Threatening Valedictorian (Update)
Fox News ^ | June 21, 2013 | Tod Starnes

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.

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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 Reimer’s 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 Reimer’s 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.”

(Excerpt) Read more at radio.foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: apologizes; arth; constitution; firethemall; school; texas
If you look at this apology's weasel words closely, you'll see that the superintendent (or most likely the district's lawyer) is saying that they are sorry that the Reimers misinterpreted what the principal was saying.

If I were the father, this would not cut it for me.

1 posted on 06/21/2013 4:42:01 AM PDT by Timber Rattler
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To: Timber Rattler

The classic liberal non-apology apology


2 posted on 06/21/2013 4:45:44 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: Timber Rattler

If the lad is admitted to the academy, the issue is settled.


3 posted on 06/21/2013 4:46:16 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: circlecity

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.


4 posted on 06/21/2013 4:47:16 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Timber Rattler
AND ... we'll see to it this NEVER happens again.

WHAT first ammendment ?

5 posted on 06/21/2013 4:48:21 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof, but they're true.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
But, if he doesn't get it, what happens?

I'd sue the principal and the school district for destroying his naval career before it even started.

6 posted on 06/21/2013 4:48:33 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Timber Rattler

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.


7 posted on 06/21/2013 4:49:27 AM PDT by Ramonne
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

The entire administration should be fired and blackballed. Thanks Timber Rattler.


8 posted on 06/21/2013 4:49:39 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Timber Rattler

No question about it.
This principal would never own a piece of property or hold a job in education again.


9 posted on 06/21/2013 4:51:13 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: circlecity
The classic liberal non-apology apology

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.

10 posted on 06/21/2013 4:56:16 AM PDT by madprof98
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To: Timber Rattler

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.


11 posted on 06/21/2013 4:56:17 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

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.


12 posted on 06/21/2013 4:57:50 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: Timber Rattler

That is not an apology.

I’m not sure what it is, but it is not an apology.


13 posted on 06/21/2013 5:04:17 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds.)
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To: Timber Rattler

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.


14 posted on 06/21/2013 5:05:18 AM PDT by Ron H. (Mr. Hussein Obama - A Christian HATING spawn of satan.)
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To: Timber Rattler

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.


15 posted on 06/21/2013 5:07:55 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: t1b8zs

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.


16 posted on 06/21/2013 5:09:21 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: Timber Rattler

Has the school board taken any corrective action? Have misbehaving school personnel been punished? If a kid is bad, punishment is administered. I hope!


17 posted on 06/21/2013 5:15:39 AM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Timber Rattler

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.


18 posted on 06/21/2013 5:26:03 AM PDT by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2016; I pray we make it that long.)
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To: Ron H.
someone needs to lose their job over this

He can keep his job, after they keelhaul him.

After that it's unlikely he would cause any more trouble.

19 posted on 06/21/2013 5:27:34 AM PDT by DUMBGRUNT (The best is the enemy of the good!)
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To: Timber Rattler
Re: I'd sue the principal and the school district for destroying his naval career before it even started.

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.

20 posted on 06/21/2013 5:32:32 AM PDT by ken in texas (The Obama Excuse: They never told me and I didn't ask.)
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To: Timber Rattler

THAT is NOT an “apology”!!!

There is NO acknowledgement that the principle did anything wrong.


21 posted on 06/21/2013 5:42:14 AM PDT by G Larry (Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Psalms 109:8)
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To: circlecity

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.


22 posted on 06/21/2013 5:44:52 AM PDT by JudyinCanada
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To: G Larry

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.


23 posted on 06/21/2013 5:45:08 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Timber Rattler

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!


24 posted on 06/21/2013 5:46:51 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: Timber Rattler; mickie; flaglady47; pax_et_bonum
The statement was actually written by the District's PR firm of Miller, Mueller and Shulman.

Leni

25 posted on 06/21/2013 5:53:10 AM PDT by MinuteGal (SO)
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To: Timber Rattler

“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.


26 posted on 06/21/2013 6:04:25 AM PDT by stars & stripes forever ((Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!))
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

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.


27 posted on 06/21/2013 6:45:32 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: t1b8zs

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...


28 posted on 06/21/2013 7:23:03 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

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


29 posted on 06/21/2013 8:09:48 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

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....


30 posted on 06/21/2013 8:10:52 AM PDT by goat granny
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To: Timber Rattler

A compleatly lawyered-up BS apology written in pluperfect public schooleze.


31 posted on 06/21/2013 8:25:19 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: metmom; wintertime

Ping


32 posted on 07/22/2013 4:24:12 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Muslims are a people of tolerance, life,and peace, and if you don't agree, they'll murder you)
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To: Clintonfatigued; 2Jedismom; 6amgelsmama; AAABEST; aberaussie; AccountantMom; Aggie Mama; agrace; ...

ANOTHER REASON TO HOMESCHOOL

This ping list is for the “other” articles of interest to homeschoolers about education and public school. This can occasionally be a fairly high volume list. Articles pinged to the Another Reason to Homeschool List will be given the keyword of ARTH. (If I remember. If I forget, please feel free to add it yourself)

The main Homeschool Ping List handles the homeschool-specific articles. I hold both the Homeschool Ping List and the Another Reason to Homeschool Ping list. Please freepmail me to let me know if you would like to be added to or removed from either list, or both.

33 posted on 07/23/2013 5:40:02 AM PDT by metmom (rFor freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: Ramonne
If Texas had the guts to rid ourselves of countless superintendents per school district to one per county we would have a better system.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

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.

34 posted on 07/26/2013 8:18:33 AM PDT by wintertime
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To: SunkenCiv

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.


35 posted on 07/26/2013 8:23:00 AM PDT by wintertime
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To: stars & stripes forever
This whole scenerio would be different if Conservatives would run for office and the like-minded people would get out the vote.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

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?

36 posted on 07/26/2013 8:27:17 AM PDT by wintertime
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To: stars & stripes forever
This whole scenerio would be different if Conservatives would run for office and the like-minded people would get out the vote.

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.

37 posted on 07/27/2013 9:12:22 AM PDT by verga (A nation divided by Zero!)
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