Skip to comments.Dhimmi watch: Muslim chases service animal out of (American!) school
Posted on 05/12/2008 10:30:52 AM PDT by GOPGuide
A student teacher who uses a service dog for his epilepsy has had to leave his position early after a Muslim student harassed the animal, and worse. Tyler Hurd needs the dog for his protection and for emergency supplies for first-aid responders, but apparently Technical High School in St Cloud believes that Hurds needs are secondary to providing a dog-free zone for its Muslim students. Hurd says he feels threatened by the action, as well he should because the student threatened to kill the dog:
A St. Cloud State University student in a teacher-training program at Technical High School left the school in late April because he says he feared for the safety of his service dog.
The school district calls it a misunderstanding, and officials there say they hoped Tyler Hurd, a 23-year-old junior from Mahtomedi who aspires to teach special education, would continue his training in the district. Hurd said a student threatened to kill his service dog named Emmitt. The black lab is trained to protect Hurd when he has seizures.
Hurd trained at Talahi Community School and Tech. He said his experience at Talahi was good. The Somali students there warmed to the dog and eventually petted him using paper to keep their hands off his fur, Hurd said.
Things didnt go as well at Tech, Hurd said. Students there taunted his dog, and he finally felt he had to leave after he was told a student made a threat. Hurd met with Lockhart but said he did not feel comfortable continuing.
King Banaian notes the ridiculous nature of the schools response:
So lets take a look at this as a case of competing rights. On one side we have a student with a medical disability. One would think that the Americans with Disabilities Act would allow this student to participate to the fullest extent possible in pursuing his goals, which is to teach in special education. To do so, he is supposed to train in both elementary and secondary school settings. (The article notes that Hurd had no such problems with Somali students at his elementary school assignment.)
On the other side, we have a student at Tech HS whose faith considers dogs unclean and is asserting his right to education in an institution without dogs. This not only affects student teachers; any student with a sight or hearing disability may use a dog for assistance and might want to also attend Tech HS.
But when rights collide, as they did here, whose rights did they choose to uphold first?
Thats easy. They upheld the rights of the side that threatened capitulation or violence. Instead of expelling the student for his threat and making an example of him, they chose to coddle the student and chase the teacher out of his job. Afterwards, they issued the normal multi-culti mewlings of misunderstanding, growth process, and emphasizing respect for different cultures.
Ive got a suggestion: how about teaching that respect to the people who issue threats, instead of their victims? Which person needed an object lesson in respect more, the Somali student or Tyler Hurd?
The First Mate used to use guide dogs here and in California. On more than one occasion, she initially got refused cab service when using Cory. Only after she explained that the law required them to give her access did the cabbies relent.
We have laws in this country, decided on by democratically-elected representatives. If Muslims dont like these access laws, then let them elect representatives that will reverse them, or failing that, go back to Somalia where violence trumps the law and they would be more comfortable. Shame, shame on Technical High School for buckling under to thugs and abandoning their responsibilities in such a cowardly manner.
Update: When I first read the article and Kings post, I had the impression that the school got complaints from the Muslim students, but the story doesnt explicitly say that. Ive reworded the first sentence, although its still entirely possible that they complained to the administration. If they didnt, it makes the administrations move even worse.
“If Muslims dont like these access laws, then let them elect representatives that will reverse them, or failing that, go back to Somalia where violence trumps the law and they would be more comfortable. Shame, shame on Technical High School for buckling under to thugs and abandoning their responsibilities in such a cowardly manner.”
Better still, deportation and if necessary chained to the airplane seat on a one way back to Somalia.
Where kowtowing to radical Islam meets the ADA...gotta love liberalism...
I'm not familiar with that one.
“...and is asserting his right to education in an institution without dogs
That’s a right ?”
Under Usama Obama, the Koran will BE the new constitution!
It’s pretty standard behavior these days. We can’t mention Christmas at all, or pledge allegiance to one nation, under God. They are making demands that they have no right to demand.
Islam is incompatible with freedom and Western culture. They are here to force us to bend to their rules. When will we stand and fight? When it’s too late?
Just as in England, we seem to be developing little cesspools of dhimittude in this country.
“When its too late?”
It would appear to be so...
ANY business man can refuse service to ANY customer for ANY reason! (accepting all consequences) That said, the stupidest thing ANY business man can do is say ‘no’ to a customer, or refuse to serve him...that said, the best thing that can happen to us here in the USA is for more stupid muslim businessmen to say ‘no’ to more customers, driving themselves out of business that much faster!...entertaining us in the process!
The answer appears to be... more dogs.
Lots and lots of dogs.
Better to handcuff them and repatriate them from 40,000 feet.
Disability trumps religion in the public square.
I hope there is a really good lawyer out there who
can sue the pants off this school and set a precedent.
Not liking a particular dog? Sure.
But dogs as a whole? Seriously? There's something wrong with such a person. Very, very wrong.
Hurd is in a tougher situation than alluded to by the article. If he stays, the Muslim students might try to goad the dog into “attacking” them. Hurd could get into a legal pickle. It’s no wonder he feels uncomfortable.