If there is an upside to the amount of persecution young conservatives suffer at the hands of puerile progressive thugs today, it is in the knowledge that they are in the long run being refined like silver. When they emerge from the fire of harassment and persecution they will be among the world’s best prepared leaders — hardened against criticism, and ready to make tough calls when needed.
Of course in the meantime, as ugly harassment, violence, and threats of violence are endured by the most intelligent and principled of our young people for their support of President Trump, the trouble takes a real toll.
Jayne Zirkle, a high school senior, is a vocal supporter of the president. She told One America News that her political views have made it impossible for her to continue to attend her exclusive public high school in Washington, D.C.
“I go to School Without Walls High School and I’m being bullied for being a Trump supporter. The bullying and harassment has gotten so bad,” she said.
She indicated that she and her family met with top leaders of the District Of Columbia public school system.
“When we met with the superintendent, we showed him all the harassment that I received online. We filled him in on the history of harassment at the school, most of which was reported, especially when teachers were lowering my grades due to my political beliefs,” she said.
Zirkle said the superintendent was not sympathetic.
“He responded with, ‘Well, this type of thing will blow over in a week or two.’ And he just wasn’t very helpful because I mean obviously there is a very big safety threat. But he just tried to act like it would be fine,” she said.
But as the result of the meeting, things went from bad to worse.
“And while I was in this meeting,” said Zirkle, “actually, there were students who happened to be at the school who began taking my photo meeting with the principal and posting on social media saying that ‘she’s back in the school.'”
She said she pointed out in real time that those students were doxxing her for being there, taking her photo though the window.
The high school senior provided school officials with a 200-page packet of screen shots of hostile online comments she had received on account of her conservative views.
As it stands now, Zirkle is being permitted to finish her senior year by taking her classes online.
“The school told us that some of the things these kids were saying were ‘arrestable’ but not actually ‘suspendable’,” she said. “D.C. is very, very lenient on these types of things. It’s almost impossible to suspend a student.
OAN reporter Neil McCabe said: “One America spoke to the top official at Zirkle’s high school, and we were told that officials at the school are not authorized to speak to the media about her situation. Our inquiries were referred to Shane Wells who is the spokesman for the D.C. public schools, and Wells has not responded to OAN before deadline.”
Watch the One America News segment below:
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