A visit to his son’s school left one former Tucson police officer shocked – at what he did not see.
Brandon Tatum believes he discovered “stage one of brainwashing” kids after a visit to his son’s classroom, as he watched the students get ready to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
“Where are they gonna look?” he wondered in a video he shared with his nearly 78,000 subscribers on YouTube. There was no flag in the classroom for the children to face as they said the pledge, Tatum noted.
“This is stage one of brainwashing our young people to desensitize them to American values,” he said, explaining that he was shocked at how the “diverse” school “devalued” the American flag.
Tatum contacted the school and spoke with his son’s teacher, he told “Fox & Friends Weekend” on Saturday. As it turns out, the teacher explained that she was not against having the flag up but just did not know how to accommodate a large flag in her classroom.
He offered to buy a flag for the classroom and his son’s teacher accepted, he said.
“The flag means everything,” he shared with the Fox News hosts. “The reason I’m able to come on TV, the reason I’m able to exist, the reason that my son is at a school that is as diverse as it is because of our flag. Becaus eof the men and women who sacrificed.”
But the passionate father had a message to parents. It is up to them to “hold these schools accountable,” to communicate with the schools but also to make sure that they follow up.
Host Pete Hegseth agreed with Tatum but noted that a lot of parents just assume that their child’s school has a flag and that students say the pledge.
“And they don’t,” he noted. “What does it say about our schools and our culture that we’ve pulled these things back and we don’t prioritize them anymore?”
“That’s what I was concerned about,” Tatum replied. “Some parents are walking around, I guess they’re zombies to the fact. For me, I’m active, I want to know.”
He called on the appropriate steps to be taken so children are “not being brainwashed tino be desensitized to the flag and what that means to this country.”
Tatum said he made the video out of concern and he is satisfied with the school’s answer.
“You raise a larger, cultural critique,” Hegseth told the father, “that we live in a country right now where flags are not automatic, the flag is not automatic, and what does that say to our kids?”