Imagine finding schoolwork in your fourth-grader’s backpack that had your child writing, “I am willing to give up some of my constitutional rights in order to be safer or more secure.”
And now imagine being told by the school your fourth-grader wrote that elaborate sentence “on his own free will.”
Do you buy that for one second? I certainly do not.
And neither does Florida father Aaron Harvey.
According to Harvey’s son, and confirmed by other children in the class, teacher Cheryl Sabb had the children write that sentence as she dictated it after a lesson on the Constitution in January.
The Blaze reported Friday that Sabb had a Jacksonville-area attorney visit the students to give a lesson on the Bill of Rights. After he left, Sabb had the children write the sentence on a piece of paper that Harvey just recently found in his son’s backpack.
Harvey, a military veteran, said he turned to Glenn Beck’s The Blaze with the story because he expected he wouldn’t have received a “straightforward answer if he asked the school directly,” according to The Blaze.
And according to an 11:30 a.m. update on The Blaze, Harvey was absolutely correct:
Harvey told TheBlaze he received a call from the school Friday morning that featured the principal, guidance counselor and Sabb. He was told the sentence came during the lesson with the lawyer, that Sabb had nothing to do with it, and that Harvey’s son “wrote it on his own free will.”
Harvey said he had spoken to a girl in the class who specifically said Sabb handpicked students to write the sentence.
“All the children are pointing at the teacher,” Harvey said Friday. “They [the school] told me that my son wrote that on his own free will — there’s no way he knew how to write that on his own free will. He likes to use some big words to flourish — [but] if he was going to put together a sentence that political I’m sure it would be more jumbled than a nice sentence like that.”
According to The Blaze’s original report on Friday, school district spokeswoman Kandra Albury told news site she and the principal of Cedar Hills Elementary were “checking into” the matter. Albury admitted the principal had received a previous complaint from a parent after the January lesson.
“I believe in our Constitution,” Harvey told The Blaze. “I am a veteran, I served for six-and-a-half years proudly and I served to protect our rights. Now whenever I have someone coming in and trying to pollute my child’s mind with biased opinions…there’s no education in that.”