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Pennsylvania school wants to arm students with rocks to protect them against active shooters

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From Fox News: Schools nationwide are debating President Trump’s call to arm teachers and security guards with guns – while one Pennsylvania school is getting attention for its last line of defense.

Blue Mountain School District Superintendent David Helsel made headlines recently after testifying to lawmakers at the state capitol that his students could be armed with rocks in case of an active shooter lockdown.

“Every classroom has been equipped with a five-gallon bucket of river stone,” Helsel told lawmakers. “If an armed intruder attempts to gain entrance into any of our classrooms, they will face a classroom full students armed with rocks and they will be stoned.”

The superintendent told Fox News on Friday he was surprised by the added media attention for something he calls a “last resort.” He said he has received positive support from parents in the community.

Helsel said the school district has a series of safety measures already installed, including cameras and new security locks on classroom doors, as well as armed security and training for staff and students in a program called ALICE, which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate.

But if an unarmed teacher decides to lockdown a classroom, instead of being passive as they had been trained to do in the past, Helsel said his kids will be empowered to defend themselves.

“Obviously a rock against a gun isn’t a fair fight, but it’s better than nothing,” he said, adding, “I’m not sure why some people feel that it’s more appropriate to be a stationary target under a desk in a classroom rather than be empowered to defend yourself and provide a response to deter the entry of an armed intruder into their classroom.”

Helsel said another district had recommended using golf balls, but he didn’t like that idea because they would bounce around whereas the rocks are shaped in a way to hit and fall after being thrown.

The plan has received mixed reactions from the community.

A senior at Blue Mountain High School supports the idea. “It matters because it will help protect the schools, anything helps, rocks are better than books and pencils,” he told WNEP.

“At this point, we have to get creative,” one parent said. “We have to protect our kids first and foremost. Throwing rocks? It’s an option.”

But not everyone thinks it’s a good idea. “It’s absurd,” another parent said. “Arm the teachers.”

Helsel said, while the teachers are not armed, the district is looking for volunteers at the school on maintenance staff to be properly trained and armed, adding that he hopes they never have to use any of the safety measures.



Michigan kindergartener sodomized by 4 classmates

America is breeding monsters.

Grandville is a suburb of about 15,378 people in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 92% of the city’s 15,378 residents (2010 census) are white, 2.2% black.

John Hogan reports for ABC13, March 22, 2018, that a Grandville kindergarten student was sodomized for months by four fellow classmates, according to a 23-page federal lawsuit filed this week in Grand Rapids by the boy’s parents.

The kindergarten is the Century Park Learning Center, Grandville, Michigan — a public K-6 school with 519 students, 80% of whom are white, 8% Hispanic, 6% Asian, and 3% black. (Source)

The boy is identified in court documents by the alias, Jimmy Doe.

According to the lawsuit:

  • The sexual assaults began in fall of 2014 when Jimmy Doe was five years old, and continued until April 2015.
  • During kindergarten teacher Hillary Huberts‘ classroom “free time” (whatever that means), four boys took Jimmy to the mudroom area of the classroom where they touched and sodomized him and took photos of his genitals using classroom iPads. Images were continuously deleted to create space for additional photographs “each time they attacked Jimmy’’.
  • The photos were disseminated to other students, which led to Jimmy being continually harassed, forcing him to dig hiding places beneath playground equipment where he would “cover himself with mulch’’.
  • “The assailants told Jimmy that if he did not cooperate with them, or if he told about the touching and pictures, they would not be his friends and they would say the sexual activity was Jimmy’s idea.’’

Jimmy Doe’s parents noticed both a physical and emotional deterioration in their son, who was born in 2009. They raised concerns during a parent-teacher conference, but school officials did not protect the boy and turned a blind eye to the abuse once it was brought to light:

(1) When the boy’s mother asked for a police investigation, she was told by Principal Tonia Shoup that an investigation had already been completed and found “no indication of coercion or assault.’’ Shoup told the boy’s mother that she had interviewed the four boys involved in taking the photos, and that the four boys denied assaulting Jimmy and that it had been Jimmy’s idea to display his genitals in the classroom and to having his pictures taken.

(2) In a subsequent meeting with then-Grandville Superintendent Ron Caniff and Assistant Superintendent Scott Merkel, the parents were told the pictures had been deleted “and they could move Jimmy to another school district if they wanted.’’ Caniff and Merkel “stressed that the pictures needed to be viewed in the context of kindergarteners’ normal curiosity and suggested that if the parents insisted on pressing the matter, Jimmy would be the one to be disciplined as he was the only child whose genitals were photographed.’’

Caniff, who is now superintendent of Kent Independent School District, issued a statement refuting the allegations:

“At the time I was at Grandville Public Schools, there was never any suspicion, suggestion or complaint expressed about inappropriate physical contact between the students involved in this matter, nor did the investigation indicate any concerns in that regard. As I read through the complaint, there are several allegations that will be refuted, but since attorneys are involved, that will occur in due course through the legal process. Beyond this, I do not have more to add at this time since this is a pending legal matter.’’

For his part, the current Grandville Public Schools Superintendent Roger Bearup released a statement, saying the district cannot respond in detail to the allegations:

’’However, we assure you that our focus is and always will be on the safety and care of every student who walks through our doors. Litigation is meant to be an avenue to the truth. We patiently wait for that truth to be revealed. Until then, we will have no further comment.’’


A Florida Hogg Story

FOTM reader and regular commenter, Lophatt, has closely followed the narrative and players of the Parkland school shooting.

In this guest post, with his usual wry humor, he takes a broader view of the shooting by placing it in its proper context.

Emma Gonzalez (l) and David Hogg (r)

A Florida Hogg Story

By Lophatt

On February 14, 2018 we are told that the latest in an ever-growing line of “Lone Nut School Shooters”, Nikolas Cruz, entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and began shooting, ultimately killing 17 and wounding 16.

At 2:23 P.M., the school’s Resource Officer, Scot[sic] Peterson, is said to have radioed what he first described as “maybe firecrackers” and later determined to be gunfire.  The shooter, Cruz, is said to have arrived at Building 12 (1200) at the school via Uber at 2:19 P.M. and began firing 15 seconds later.  At 2:22 P.M., a fire alarm was reportedly tripped. Cruz is said to have stopped shooting at 2:27 P.M., a full six minutes after he began.

All of the shooting appears to have occurred at Bldg. 12, judging from the official statements.  At 2:23 P.M. Officer Peterson radioed that shots were fired.   By 2:27 P.M. we are told that Cruz ditched his AR-15 somewhere in the building and exited, blending in with the crowd of students.  We were further informed that he proceeded to a local sandwich shop where he ate a sandwich and drank a soda.

At some point in the melee Officer Peterson, having not entered the building, radioed for other officers to remain 500 feet distant from the structure.  Eventually entry was attempted at Building 1300 by Coral Springs’ Officers but the building was found to be locked.  From the official narrative it appears that the shooting was complete by the time any officers entered the structure.

As we’ve come to expect with these operations a cast of characters began to take form, along with the official storyline.  As usual the “first-hand witnesses” and “victims” soon congealed into a small pool of would be anti-gun spokespeople.  This core cadre of Enemies of the Second Amendment soon found their voice in the persons of two particularly notable specimens, one David Hogg and his female Sancho Panza, Emma Gonzales.

Hogg quickly morphed into a ham with his closet rendition of Shakespeare’s Henry V, Act IV, St. Crispin’s Day speech that was alleged to be his spontaneous narration to his fellow captives, while under fire in the one of the school’s classrooms.  This ‘spontaneous’ extemporaneous outpouring of outrage over the fact that civil disarmament could have prevented this tragedy, even then unfolding, was a clarion call to the strong of stomach and weak of mind.

Besides the usual visual composition of the characters, Emma being a buzz-cut Hispanic, “butch” girl, and David being a particularly angry looking skinny male with no jaw, the message was the same as we’ve seen many times now.  The obviously fully-funded operation resulted in trips to Dubai (!), Washington D.C., and even meetings with the President and members of Congress.  The purpose, naturally, was disarmament of the civilian population.

As has been the case in all of these events, inconsistencies soon began to surface.  Suspicious affiliations were identified among the key players and other witnesses had differing tales.  Soon the “media” began to take down videos that contradicted the official story.  Other students who were not in agreement with the prime directive were not allowed to have their say.

As it turns out, David Hogg’s father, Kevin, is a retired FBI agent who currently works for a defense contractor that makes specialized targeting systems.  His mother works for a CNN affiliate.  While some of the characters are more difficult to trace, it soon becomes clear that they are steeped in Democrat politics and leftist myths.

Kevin Hogg

There have by now been several articles written on various aspects of this production.  Rather than belabor the work of others, I think a focus on the meme itself is in order.  While these deviate from each other slightly in their particulars, the overall pattern remains remarkably consistent.

We have the lone male shooter.  Always with what is loosely referred to as an “assault rifle”, usually an AR-15.  Normally the shooter (patsy?), is killed or takes his own life.  Always there is high loss of life and miraculous recoveries among the wounded.  The victims and their families are recruited to join the movement to “reform” gun laws.  It is touted that, somehow, these measures will ensure that these events are a thing of the past.

In watching this one develop I couldn’t help but be struck by how we’ve now been culled into roughly two camps.  Those who think “news” is a “faith-based” undertaking and that the default position should always be mandated belief, and those who see these for what they are, frauds perpetrated on the public.

It is easy to get derailed into endless debates about whether any were killed, or how many, etc., but, at the end of the day, these are frauds.  They are created to soften up the population for the results of planned legislation.  The certain hope is that the victims of this frauds, namely us, will actually demand the actions sought.

It is difficult for me to understand someone who would be willing to participate in lies of this magnitude.  Obviously they exist.  Sandy Hook had its cast, Parkland has one as well.  I have to admit to feeling some glee when I read that others are as repulsed by Parkland’s Hogg as I am.  One can only hope that, due to his age, he finds honest work at some point in his life.  Perhaps folding towels in a bordello.

See also these other posts on Parkland:

Washington state representative: “Facts will never drive anybody to make a decision”

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Pramila Jayapal is a progressive US representative from Washington’s 7th congressional district. She was born in India and is a “civil rights activist,” a big fan of the $15 minimum wage and supports free community college.

According to Seattle Capital Hill Seattle Blog, the congresswoman was at a town hall at a local high school to discuss “gun-access policy reform.”

From their blog:

“Our prime responsibility is to take care of each other. It’s not to money or greed so let’s make sure we incorporate love and generosity through non-violence,” Jayapal told the young march leaders Saturday.

In a closed-door session before the meeting, Jayapal discussed communication in activism with the student leaders. “Facts will never drive anybody to make a decision, but you need to have them. Never lead with the facts. They’ll believe your heart but not the facts,” said Jayapal.”

h/t MyNorthwest


Parents not advised: Connecticut school takes kindergarteners out to march for gun violence

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From  NBC Connecticut: Students across the nation walked out of school Wednesday in honor of the victims of the Parkland shooting last month, including a group of New London kindergarteners.

“We love school! We love school,” children in New London are chanting in a video posted on Facebook.

While people involved in the walkout involving a group of 5-year-olds at Harbor Elementary School said the demonstration was about school safety, student safety and parent permission have been called into question. 

“It was discussed, it was a safety march and we took them out and they chanted ‘we love school’ and ‘honk your horn.’ And we told them that the 17 angels are above in heaven, they’re watching down and they’re proud,” one parent, Olga Vokolou, said.

Vokolou, whose child participated, chaperoned what she called the “safety march” on school grounds. She said her child’s teacher let parents know on Facebook.

“My opinion as a parent, they do shooting drills so we also want to make sure they know we’re going to keep their school safe,” Vokolou said.

New London Interim Superintendent Dr. Stephen Tracy said he didn’t have a problem with the safety message, but he and the principal didn’t know about the march ahead of time and there was no written permission from parents.

“When you’re going to do something like that, in connection with something that, let’s face it, is controversial, you need to seek the approval of the principal and the parents before you involve 5-year-olds in something like that,” Tracy said.

Another parent, Marlinda Robinson, said she didn’t know her kindergartner was participating in a march but said she didn’t have any issues with the message. “I would have liked to know, but not for the reason of what it stood for,” Robinson said. “More because I just didn’t know.”

One student’s grandmother, Helene Thomas, said she found out about the march through word-of-mouth.

The video drummed up some negative opinions from parents at the school.

“It’s kind of a safety issue, too, to have the kids file out of the class in an organized manner,” Sebastian Larrea, whose child is in pre-K and did not participate in the march, said.

Harbor Elementary’s crossing guard Joyce Powers said she saw the children escorted in two lines by teachers who were carrying signs that read “enough.”

“I thought it was pushing it with that age group,” Powers said. “I don’t think they understood what was actually happening.”

Tracy said he’s talked to the two teachers involved but would not say if any disciplinary measures were taken. “Suffice it to say, lessons were learned and I consider the matter closed,” Tracy said.

Board of Education member Jason Catala, the chair of the board’s Policy Committee, said a number of policies were ignored and called for the school’s principal to resign.

Catala also plans to take up the policies regarding field trips and leaving the building at the next Board of Education meeting.

Tracy called it inappropriate for a member of the board to evaluate the performance of a school employee and hopes for an apology.

Catala said there will be more to come out about this incident that he’s not at liberty to discuss at this time.

h/t Weasel Zippers


Gun grabbers Everytown tweets: What could possibly go wrong?

everytown tweet

Beyond the fact that their tweet is racist, they blame the mag error on an “inaccurate” thumbnail photo.

Gun grabbers…they have no #gunsense.


NJ high school students suspended for sharing pictures of weapons at shooting range on social media

not how it works

These suspensions would never be upheld in a court of law. Sue the heck out of the school district if they don’t rescind these suspensions.

From A New Jersey school district that allegedly suspended two high school students this week over a gun photo taken during a family visit to a private shooting range is facing community backlash and the threat of a lawsuit over district policies.

The photo of four rifles, ammunition clips and a gun duffel bag was shared by one of the students on the social media app Snapchat with the caption “fun day at the range,” according to Lacey Township resident Amanda Buron, a family friend of one of the students.

A screen capture of the image made the rounds among other students and later brought to the attention of Lacey Township High School officials. Buron said the students received a five-day in-school suspension for violating the school’s policy on weapons possession.

News of the suspension soon circulated on social media groups for Lacey and quickly drew hundreds of responses harshly criticizing the district’s action and its policy on weapons, which many called overly broad.

Lacey schools Superintendent Craig Wigley said in an email to NJ Advance Media on Thursday that “information posted on social media is incorrect” and that private matters involving students cannot be discussed. He declined to say what aspect of the accounts posted on social media is inaccurate.

“We are not at will to contradict public opinion on the internet,” Wigley wrote. He declined to be interviewed by phone.

Many have called for a huge turnout at the school board’s next scheduled meeting on Monday at the high school to protest the decision. A few people noted that the image was ill-timed after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida that killed 17.

Thousands of students around New Jersey staged walkouts and held in-school programs on Wednesday in response to the shooting in Parkland.

The controversy at Lacey’s high school has drawn the attention of a New Jersey gun advocacy group, which sent a cease and desist letter to the district threatening a lawsuit if its policy remained unchanged and the suspension of the students was not overturned.

The Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs letter cited the rule stating students could be suspended for up to a year if they are reported to be in possession of a weapon of any type for any reason or purpose on or off school grounds.”

Multiple attempts by NJ Advance Media to reach the students and their families were unsuccessful. Buron said both families are upset at how the incident was handled. Both teens fell behind in Advance Placement courses due to the in-school suspensions, she said.

ANJRPC, the gun group, said the bigger issue is with the policy itself.

“The policy is clearly wrong and violates the Second Amendment,” ANJRPC executive director Scott Bach said. “We hope that they’re reasonable people and they will fix it. If they don’t, we’re prepared to take legal action.”

The ANJRPC also demanded Lacey school officials apologize to the two boys and clear their records.

Read the rest of the story here.

h/t  Weasel Zippers