Some people see everything in terms of politics–and then make their children pay the price.
Ivanka Trump made a special stop by a Connecticut high school on Monday to promote the issue of career education.
Some parents didn’t take kindly to Trump’s surprise visit, going so far as to pull their children out of the classroom in protest.
Trump was joined by IBM CEO Ginni Rometty at Norwalk Early College Academy, a program at Norwalk High School where students simultaneously complete their high school work while studying software engineering and pursuing associate’s degrees.
Great visit to Norwalk Early College Academy today with @IBM CEO @GinniRometty. PTECH schools equip high school students with skills training in #STEM & Computer Science, enabling them to thrive in our modern economy. It was an honor to meet so many bright and talented students! pic.twitter.com/BPYuoTffsK
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) December 18, 2017
“Great visit to Norwalk Early College Academy today with
@IBM CEO @GinniRometty,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “PTECH schools equip high school students with skills training in #STEM & Computer Science, enabling them to thrive in our modern economy. It was an honor to meet so many bright and talented students!”
The president’s daughter praised the school and students.
“To see the passion and enthusiasm for bringing real life skills into a classroom environment but then coupling it with real life experience through internship creates this really beautiful virtuous angle,” she said.
The appearance was not publicized ahead of time out of security concerns. A number of parents complained the school should have informed them about the visit.
“This should have been brought to our attention, although I do understand security reasons,” a disgruntled parent told News 12 New Jersey. “I think we should have had the choice to send our child to school or keep them home.”
Several parents reportedly took their children home when they learned Trump would be at the school.
Other students reported having a positive experience at the First Daughter’s visit.
One parent thanked Trump. “My son Nicolas Guzman is a NECA student and you talked to him today and he’s so excited about it. It’s something He will never forget. Thank you Ivanka.”
Conservatives on Twitter eagerly mocked the outrage of parents who took their children out of school for the day.
Too bad their kids will be as shallow and thin-skinned as the parents … so typical in this era of safe spaces to shelter them from reality. So happy my parents insisted I face the brutal reality of this world – early and often.
— Budzoe (@BradSmi6187676) December 20, 2017
They were worried she might actually win their kids over !☺
— Jan Hall (@Jshall58) December 20, 2017
Sad that parents would use their children as weapons. WhT happened to tolerance? Their children have missed a chance of a life time! SAD! JS
— GS (@gsteck74) December 20, 2017
Snowflakes melt very easily…parents wouldn’t want to expose them to different opinions that might make them think
— Dr. B (@flainsu) December 20, 2017
What made people stop learning from others We conservatives listen to other We want to know how the other can possibly think and feel the way the do Sad hate to tell you guys you are not ALWAYS right
— Janice (@Janice01872236) December 20, 2017
Ivanka is an amazing role model liberal looney toon parents I pray for our children being raised by idiots
— Deborah (@dooseybug) December 20, 2017
I think they’re afraid that their kids mike like her if they met her. Then what??? Out the kids up for adoption?? #AnotherCrazyLiberal
— TheLastJournalist (@One4TrueFacts) December 20, 2017
— Bout Time DJT (@bouttimedjt) December 20, 2017