‘I’m at school to learn’: Minn. students walk out over asst. principal’s ‘straight, white privilege’ remarks

A Minnesota high school assistant principal’s remarks on “straight, white privilege” not only led to outraged parents but to a student walkout as well with attendees lamenting, “you’re only allowed to speak your mind if you agree with the administration.”

Controversy has embroiled the halls of Farmington High School in Minnesota after Assistant Principal Laura Wagner sent an email to staff regarding the already questionable decision to eliminate the titles of homecoming “king” and “queen” in favor of the inclusive gender-neutral “royalty.” Wagner’s email made mention of her discussion with faculty member Tiffany Fearing and what the school’s “presence looks like…as we switch to royalty instead of a king and queen.”

“Per usual we have some keyboard warriors who are making Tiffany concerned about student wellbeing. I think her concerns are valid and I want to make sure we are showing up for her and our students,” she wrote before asserting, “This would be a great time to use your straight, white, privilege to reassure and support students and staff in doing what they believe is right for our school community.”

While parents notably expressed their outrage over an administrator using such inflammatory and divisive language, students who were having their high school experience marred by woke activism took action to show their opposition with roughly 100 students walking out of class on Wednesday in protest, according to Alpha News.

A student organizer of the walkout told the outlet, “I’m at school to learn, not to get political views,” and added, “You’re only allowed to speak your mind if you agree with the administration.”

Parent Scott Duellman furthered the student’s sentiment by expressing, “Wagner is acting like you should be ashamed if you’re straight and white. It’s like she’s saying, ‘You should be ashamed if you don’t stand in our corner.'”

“We’re past slavery. I was not a part of that,” Duellman continued. “My parents were immigrants. I had nothing to do with it. My kids had nothing to do with it. Yes, this is America, and we’re white. But we shouldn’t be ashamed of something I can’t control.”

Another parent spoke with Fox News and said, “The Farmington, Minnesota school district preaches inclusivity and non-discriminatory actions to the staff and students. As a parent, it’s offensive and appalling to see that behind closed doors they feel as though they can use certain discriminatory verbiage to push an agenda that parents, students, and the community are unaware of.”

“The school has continually pushed a random agenda of division and exclusivity to the students which came to light last year, and this is just a new faction of the school’s quiet procedural dissidence,” the parent went on.

On its home page, Farmington High School details its mission which includes, “equitable experiences that inspire growth and leadership” as well as “culturally and linguistically responsive communication and collaboration.”

Superintendent Jason Berg responded to the outcry with a message for parents that read, “We are aware of an email that was sent to a small number of staff regarding the Farmington High School homecoming parade and coronation which is now circulating. This email has impacted our community and high school learners in many different ways. Farmington High School is providing various spaces and counseling staff to support learners as they process these recent events. Please know this personnel matter is being addressed, and as such there is no further information we can share.”

Wagner’s radical positions are nothing new as her signature was included on a list of 162 school principals in Minnesota that signed the so-called “Good Trouble” pledge in 2020 as Black Lives Matter protests raged across the country following the death of George Floyd where the main objective was “De-centering Whiteness.”

Worth noting of the switch to gender-neutral royalty was a negative impact on girls at Farmington much like the trans movement has damaged sports. In the past when there had been 10 girls and 10 boys in the homecoming court, Alpha reported “This year’s ‘non-binary’ court consists of 16 boys and six girls.”


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