Report: “Ghost Boys” a novel preaching “police brutality” was part of a middle school’s reading list



SEFFNER, FL- According to reports, a book about police brutality is part of a required reading list and its “1 Book 1 School” reading initiative at Burnett Middle School. 

All students at the middle school were provided a copy of “Ghost Boys,” a fictional novel by Jewell Parker Rhodes.

The book discusses the story of a 12-year-old boy named Jerome who was shot and killed by police after an officer mistook his toy gun for a real weapon.

As a ghost, Jerome watches the alleged effects of his death play out in the community and in the meantime, meets another ghost, Emmett Till. According to reports, the book was selected by the school’s principal, Valerie Newton.

As students read the book, they discussed the text in their classes. Newton said:

“Our two main characters are our demographics – White, Black, and Hispanic. So, everyone can find themselves in it”

The principal did not want to shy away from the real-world issues brought up in the book.

After students finished reading the book, she helped coordinate a school-wide assembly that included the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) and members of the police union to discuss the themes and issues brought up in the text.

Newton said in a statement:

“It was important for these kids to hear about what happens to kids their age and learn how to respond to it so they don’t become another statistic.”

Sixth grader Demi Baker read the story in detail and said that she had a lot of questions while listening to her teachers and law enforcement officers speak to her class. She said:

“It made me recognize that sometimes things aren’t what they seem.”

While at the assembly, law enforcement officers spoke to students about the reasons behind the decision they make and explained the process of how officers are investigated. Baker said:

“At least I know that they’re going to be held accountable for their actions and it’s not going to go unnoticed like the case of Emmett Till.”

Baker also said that some of the actions in the book concerned her and raised more questions. She asked:

“Whatever happened to, ‘Stop, put your hands down?’ ‘Are we going to go straight to shooting?'”

The book was also a big topic of discussion in her friend group. She said racial bias brought up in the novel was also discussed at length in her language arts class. Baker added:

“Some of the things that me and my friends talked about were how sometimes people can be racist for no reason.”

HCSO Maj. Anthony Collins, Danny Alvarez from the Police Benevolent Association, and members of the school’s guidance team were in attendance to help answer students’ questions. 

Back in May 2021, a fifth-grade class in Coral Springs, Florida halted their reading of “Ghost Boys” after it was discovered that it was assigned without properly going through the district’s vetting process.

School board members, at the time, confirmed that the book was put on pause. School board member Lori Alhadeff said in a statement:

“The timing of whether to implement this subject matter must include parents and ultimately by a decision by the parents of each student. I do not feel ‘Ghost Boys’ is appropriate for fifth graders.”

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Officer under investigation for supporting creation of a conservative group at the high school

December 22nd, 2021

CHICAGO, IL – A Chicago Police Department sergeant is under investigation for allegedly supporting the formation of a conservative group inside of a high school.

Apparently, there are people who believe the group promotes racism.

Chicago Police Sergeant Ammie Kessem has found herself under an investigation that seemingly was launched after she publicly expressed her support for the formation of a conservative group at her child’s high school.

Kessem, after learning the group would be formed in the school, made the mistake of posting on Facebook her support by saying:

“Some brave students will be creating this Chapter of Turning Point USA tomorrow at William Howard Taft High School which is located on the Northwest side of Chicago in the 41st Ward. I could not be more proud of them.”

Kessem, who is also a 41st Ward Republican Committeeman, went on to explain why she felt pride in the group of students that intended to form the conservative chapter in the school:

“In a city where Liberal Progressives have continually and unjustifiably attacked the characters of conservatives, including myself and my children, by calling us “Nazis,” “White Supremacists” and outright “racists” I am certain these students realize that this will most certainly be scrutinized by the administration at this school which seems to embrace Marxist views of a substantial amount of the Chicago Teacher’s union members.”

It did not take long for the news to apparently get back to the Chicago Police Department that Kessem made such a post and she found herself in hot water.

According to Fox News, they spoke to a spokesperson at the Chicago Police Department who confirmed that Kessem is the subject of an internal investigation into her possible involvement in creating the TPUSA chapter.

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Kessem spoke to Fox News and alleged that the Chicago Police Department had not notified her that she was the subject of an internal investigation.

She went on to note that when the post was made, she was not on duty and it was strictly done on her personal time.

Kessem believes that the investigation by the Chicago Police Department is nothing more than a personal attack her and her free speech.

Kessem also noted that since she has become involved in Republican politics, she has faced several attacks and complaints. She said:

“Well, when you live in a city that’s run by leftist radicals, I would say this is what you get. They try to cancel you if you have any kind of opinion that differs from theirs.”

A day after Kessem made the social media post, the assistant principal of William Howard Taft decided to post on Twitter that she and the school is concerned about some type of ‘organization’ that promotes racial intolerance that is being associated with the school.

While the assistant principal, Melissa Hess, did not specifically mention TPUSA, the timing certainly makes it seem that is the organization she is referring to with the tweet:

“We were disturbed to learn that an organization promoting racial intolerance has been associated with our school.

We are a community built on respect and inclusion, and one that rejects any organization that would seek to discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or anything else.

“All student organizations must align with the Taft mission statement, which is to “educate global citizens to create a better world. Please know that the staff and administration at Taft will never tolerate the formation of any group that does not support these values.”

TPUSA, the organization that is at the heart of this controversy, was established in 2012 by Charlie Kirk who himself grew up in the Chicago area. The group’s mission, according to its website:

“The organization’s mission is to identify, educate, train, and organize students to promote the principles of freedom, free markets, and limited government. Turning Point USA believes that every young person can be enlightened to true free market values.”

The group has been accused of being racist several times in the past, including in 2018 when neo-Nazi protesters and members of Antifa showed up at an event at the Colorado State University.

Kirk was asked about the Nazi’s showing up after allegations that his organization must have supported them and he said:

“That BS they’re trying to say out there, it’s not who we are, it’s not what we believe, it’s not what Turning Point believes.

It’s very funny, they say, ‘Oh Charlie, you must be an ethno-nationalist because these four people with no lives show up outside your event.

First of all, that’s a bunch of nonsense. Second of all, I don’t remember anyone saying that when all the communists show up to the Democrat events.”

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Report: Facebook founder infused tons of cash into “non-profit” to help sway election in swing states

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In a bombshell report, Western Journal says that according to a Capital Research Center (CRC) report issued Thursday, a far-left advocacy group funded by farther-left Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg facilitated a cash dump of hundreds of millions of dollars to election offices nationwide.

CRC, a conservative think tank noted the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL) dumped money in “an effort to privatize the 2020 election and put Joe Biden in the White House” in last year’s presidential election. In other words, Zuckerberg and the advocacy group in effect colluded to affect the 2020 election.

According to its 2020 IRS Form 990 filing, CTCL issued over $332 million worth of grants, with a significant portion of those funds, the CRC said, going to “elections offices across the country.”

“We’re still combing through them, but it’s already clear that our findings from nine state reports earlier this year—Arizona and Nevada, Georgia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Texas, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Virginia—will be confirmed in the coming weeks,” CRC researchers Parker Thayer and Hayden Ludwig wrote in their report.

Take a look at that list again—Arizona, Nevada, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin—all “swing” states where the former president lost in some cases by less than 10,000 votes. Think Zuckerberg’s deep pockets didn’t have an effect on last year’s election?

On it’s website, the CTCL describes itself as “a team of civic technologists, trainers, researchers, election administration and data experts working to foster a more informed and engaged democracy, and helping to modernize U.S. elections.”

CTCL was founded by former Democratic campaign operatives—Tiana Epps-Johnson, Donny Bridges, and Whitney May, CRC reports. Western Journal reports that all three worked at the New Organizing Institute for multiple years.

CRC reported that the organization is known as a “Democratic Party ‘Hogwarts’ for digital wizardry,” and had trained a number of Democratic “digital activists” before shutting it down.

CRC noted that Zuckerberg donated $328 million to the CTCL through an organization called the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

That foundation’s grant to CTCL “was the second-largest it paid out in 2020,” according to the CRC. In fact, CTCL’s website refers to Facebook as one of its largest funders.

So large was Zuckerberg’s money dump into the organization that NPR reported it “saved the election” for Democrats.

The CRC report said that Zuckerberg’s cash dump helped to facilitate “private drop-boxes across key cities to hoover up mail-in ballots, bypassing the U.S. Postal service, in what was effectively the country’s first mail-in election—thanks to last-minute election law changes by Democratic secretaries of state and endless pressure from activist groups like the National Vote at Home Institute.”

One thing missing from the “election law changes” are the respective state legislatures, which under Article II, Section I, Clause II of the United States Constitution is decides how electors are chosen.

Unfortunately, the Supreme Court dropped the ball in refusing to hear challenges to these clearly unconstitutional election law changes. What these groups did was engage in a form of ballot harvesting, which is ripe for fraud and abuse.

For example, according to Sandy Juno, retired clerk of Brown County, Wisconsin said in June that after CTCL dumped money into Green Bay, “the mayor’s office and chief of staff began to take over election functions.”

“And that is not something under state statutes they have the authority to do,” Juno said, noting “because under Wisconsin law, municipal clerks, the county clerk, and the Wisconsin Elections Commission are the individuals charged with running elections.”

She continued, “As we got closer to the November election, we found out that this outside group had come in and was basically trying to redo our forms and documents that we use statewide. And these people were from out of state and had no business doing that.”

Biden won Wisconsin, an overwhelmingly red state, by less than 20,000 votes, with only cities such as Madison, Milwaukee, Kenosha, and Green Bay going his way. The rest of the state was solidly red.

This wasn’t lost on Juno.

“They were working primarily with out five major Democratic base cities. So they were breaking the consistency of documents and processes and procedures used statewide.”

In other words, they apparently broke the law.

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