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An 11th grade teacher in the New York City suburbs reportedly commemorated the first day of school with a handout to students that compared cops to the KKK and slave owners.
The handout contained five cartoon panels on this theme, all which depict slaves owners, KKK, or cops kneeling on the neck of a black man whose hands were tied or were restrained by handcuffs. Panels four and five depict the man saying “I can’t breathe,” which presumably is an allusion to the George Floyd incident in Minneapolis, which led to nationwide protests against police brutality.
The lesson plan was reportedly distributed on September 8 at Westlake High School in Westchester County, N.Y. Officials say that an investigation is underway after at least one concerned parent notified them about the one-sided material.
Ania Paternostro, a mom of a Westlake student, complained to Mount Pleasant Superintendent Kurt Kotes and Westlake Principal Keith Schenker about the artwork that smeared cops.
“My daughter showed me the paper. I said, ‘What is this?! You’ve got to be kidding me!’ Enough is enough. This cartoon is disturbing. We have to respect the men in blue who protect us. We don’t need a teacher brainwashing my kids. I’ll teach my kids about what’s right and what’s wrong,” Paternostro told the New York Post.
Paternostro’s daughter (who says she was targeted by online bullies for blowing the whistle about the handout) added that “The cartoon was disgusting. It compared the police with all the terrible people in history. It was not fair. It wasn’t right.’”
Liberals teaching HATE:
Christopher Moreno, who teaches 11th graders at Westlake High School in New York, handed out a sheet containing a series of cartoons. The same cartoon was included in an online assignment for students in the Wylie Independent School District in Texas. pic.twitter.com/xi1jgwgxDg
— Cougar (@JJKCougar) September 14, 2020
Neither the superintendent nor the principal have as yet responded to media inquiries. In a letter to parents, however, Superintendent Kotes wrote that “I want to assure the community that the District will be conducting a thorough investigation to determine what exactly occurred in this particular classroom and what, if any, action is to be taken under the circumstances to appropriately address the matter.”
Kotes described the anti-cop lesson as “highly controversial in the current climate” and concluded that he will update the community about the findings within the bounds of personnel confidentiality.
In August, a teacher gave a similar politicized handout to social studies students at Cooper Junior High within the Wylie Independent School District in the Dallas, Texas, area.
After an outcry, the school district removed the assignment and issued an apology. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called up the state’s education agency to fire the teacher. It’s unclear at this point if the educator was or is subject to any disciplinary action.
A teacher in a Texas public school comparing police officers to the KKK is beyond unacceptable.
It’s the opposite of what must be taught.
The teacher should be fired.
I’m asking the Texas Education Agency to investigate and take action. https://t.co/DsCdp4fFaB
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) August 23, 2020
These incidents may provide even more momentum for the home schooling movement. Apart from that, given that most public school teachers seem to be promoting a left-wing agenda, parents need to stay on alert for divisive propaganda masquerading as history.
Robert Jonathan is a staff writer for BizPac Review. He is a longtime writer/editor for news aggregation websites and has also developed content in the legal and financial publishing sectors as well as for online education. He earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Connecticut School of Law, “a law school the basketball teams can be proud of.”
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