Here’s more evidence that America has come under the Tyranny of the Left.
Tiffany Amador, then a sixth-grade student at McSwain Union Elementary School, wore several different pro-life t-shirts to school throughout the year to make known her strong belief that abortion is wrong. On April 29, 2008, Tiffany donned one of her pro-life t-shirts for National Pro-Life T-Shirt Day. That morning in school, while attempting to eat breakfast, Tiffany was forcefully directed into the principal’s office and ordered to remove her t-shirt.
The Thomas More Law Center came to Amador’s defense and filed a federal lawsuit on the grounds that the sixth grader’s constitutional rights had been violated. Nearly two years later and before the case ever went to trial, a federal court in California entered a judgment on Thursday, August 12, 2010, in favor of Amador’s right to wear a pro-life t-shirt to school.
On May 5, 2010, four California high school students were sent home for wearing American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo. Live Oak High School students Daniel Galli, Dominic Maciel, Matt Dariano and Austin Carvalho wore red, white and blue T-shirts – some with the American flag and some with flag shorts – to school, which prompted administrators to ask the students to change their clothing or turn their T-shirts inside-out because it could incite a confrontation on Cinco de Mayo. The four students’ parents were called into a conference with Assistant Principal Miguel Rodriguez and Principal Nick Boden, who sent the students home.
The next day, many more students came to school wearing red, white and blue, in protest against how the four had been treated. Some 200 Hispanic students walked out of Live Oak and another high school in Morgan Hill, chanting “Si se puede” and “We want respect” and disrupting traffic as they marched through the town to demonstrate their support for Mexico.
There’s a murder trial in Los Angeles that’s creating quite a stir, but you wouldn’t know that because the case has received little to no publicity by the media.
14-year-old Brandon McInerney is accused of bringing a gun to his middle school and killing gay classmate Larry King, 15. But as the trial unfolds, the school itself has come under scrutiny.
Catherine Saillant reports for the Los Angeles Times, Aug 11, 2011, that one teacher after another has testified in the murder trial about their deep worries that King’s feminine attire and taunting behavior could provoke problems — and that E.O. Green Junior High administrators ignored them.
It wasn’t just that King, 15, had begun wearing makeup and women’s spiked-heeled boots, witnesses testified. It was that he seemed to relish making the boys squirm at his newly feminized appearance and was taunting them with comments like “I know you want me.”
E.O. Green teacher Jill Ekman testified: “They wanted to beat Larry up for what he was doing to them and they came to me because I wanted to keep them out of trouble. I told them that I would work on getting assistance from the office and we would work this out.”
But that didn’t happen, Ekman and others testified. After days of escalating tensions between King and McInerney, McInerney, then 14, brought a handgun to the Oxnard school on Feb. 12, 2008, and shot King twice in the back of the head. King died two days later.
How school officials handled King has emerged as a major theme of McInerney’s defense attorneys, who acknowledge that the boy pulled the trigger but say that he was pushed to the breaking point by King’s taunts.
Assistant Principal Joy Epstein has come under criticism for allegedly being more intent on protecting King’s civil rights than in acknowledging that his dress and behavior were causing problems. Epstein, who testified for the prosecution, denied that anyone on the campus relayed concerns about King’s safety before the shooting.
But English teacher Dawn Boldrin said: “It was reported, more than once, by more than one person. It was documented. There is paperwork on this. [But Epstein] kept saying that she didn’t know and she did. She knew. She did. Everybody knew.”
Other teachers testified about their concerns over King’s willingness to bring attention to himself, even if it was negative. Ekman, a 21-year teaching veteran, had King in seventh grade for reading and English and knew that the school’s special education plan for King urged him not to call special attention to himself.
That was why when she saw him wearing mascara and eyeliner to school in the eighth grade, she told him to wash it off, Ekman testified for the defense. King complied but returned the next day with even more makeup and a message: Epstein, the assistant principal, had told him that it was his right to wear the makeup, she told the court.
Epstein, in her testimony, said she had consulted with Hueneme Elementary School District officials about how to react to King’s dress and makeup. She was told that he had the right to wear girl’s items as long as they were within the district’s dress code, Epstein testified. Another assistant principal, Sue Parsons, sent an e-mail to the staff telling them to leave King alone unless his behavior was disrupting a class.
Ekman said Epstein advised her to teach tolerance if students were upset by King’s behavior. But that wasn’t working, Ekman said. A group of male students in her classroom told her they wanted to beat King up because he would seek them out and follow them into the bathroom. Ekman considered that sexual harassment and went back to Epstein with her concerns, she testified.
Epstein told her there was nothing the school could do, Ekman said. When the teacher attempted to press her case, Epstein shut the door in her face, Ekman told the court. The next day Ekman filed a grievance with the school’s principal, Joel Lovstedt, alleging that her concerns were being ignored. On the following Monday, the grievance was denied by the school’s administration, Ekman said.
King, meanwhile, continued to clash with boys at school and paid special attention to McInerney, according to court testimony. After lunch that day, he passed McInerney in a corridor and mockingly said, “Love you baby!”
History teacher Arthur Saenz testified that on that same Monday, Feb. 11, 2008, he noticed King “parading” back and forth in high-heeled boots and makeup near a bench where McInerney was sitting after school waiting to be picked up. A group of boys was laughing as McInerney grew visibly angry, Saenz testified.
Epstein, the assistant principal, noticed the brewing problem and, from a distance, finger-wagged as if to say “no-no-no” to McInerney, Saenz testified. McInerney’s father then arrived and they left, he said.
The next morning in the computer lab, McInerney took a seat directly behind King. About 20 minutes into class, he drew a handgun and shot him twice in the back of the head.