Report: Seattle schools teaching police-bashing lessons to second grade students

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SEATTLE, WA  Do you know what your kids’ schools are teaching them? Well, a recent report courtesy of Seattle talk show/radio host Jason Rantz found that two Seattle schools are teaching second-graders that police officers are racist.

According to Rantz’s report on this type of content being presented to children in schools, he noted the following:

“Students as young as 7-years-old are taught that racist police routinely target innocent Black Americans but don’t suffer consequences because police cover for each other. Content also pushes far-left social justice causes as students are told to become social justice activists.”

But what was all the more concerning was what Rantz followed up that synopsis with:

“What’s worse, the schools only remove or revise the content after parents complain.”

At Grove Elementary in Marysville, a second-grade teacher had posted a video to the school’s online system for parents to watch and discuss with their children.

The video was called “Animation Series: Something Happened in Our Town,” and it was an illustrated story about a black man getting shot by a white cop.

And you can likely guess where this is going.

The story focused on two young children asking their parents about a recent police-involved shooting and the parents teaching their kids that police officers don’t like black men and don’t go to jail for unjustified shootings.

One excerpt from the video of the story showed a young white girl named Emma asking her parents why the police shot the black man:

“Emma asked her mother ‘Why did the police shoot that man?’ ‘It was a mistake,’ said her mother. ‘I feel sorry for the man and his family.’ ‘Yes, the police thought he had a gun,’ said her father. ‘It wasn’t a mistake,’ said her sister, Liz. ‘The cops shot him because he was black.’”

The narrative went from there, shifting to the perspective of a young black kid asking his parents the same thing, which then alleged that cops don’t go to jail because “cops stick up for each other” and “they don’t like black men.”

Rantz noted in his report that neither the school’s principle nor the teacher who uploaded the video responded to inquiries on what led them to offer this as a resource for students.

However, Jodi Runyon – who serves as the school’s director of Communications, Engagement and Outreach – stated that the video was pulled after receiving complaints from parents.

Moving on to Gig Harbor’s Discovery Elementary, second-grade students had access to the school’s virtual classroom and its “Black Lives Matter Instructional Library.” Rantz noted that many of the resources on that portion of the virtual classroom weren’t controversial – except for one book encouraging children to become an “activist” and to “Agitate! Organize!”

It was a video of Tom Morello from the band Rage Against the Machine reading a book called “A is for Activist.”

For those who are unfamiliar with Rage Against the Machine, they are responsible for such songs as “Killing in the Name of” which is a song released in 1992 where the entire song claims that police officers are the new KKK.

Seriously, here are some of the lyrics from the song:

“Some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses”

“Those who died are justified. For wearing the badge, they’re the chosen whites. You justify those that died. By wearing the badge, they’re the chosen whites.”

Thus, Morello reading said book is hardly surprising, nor is the content from the book surprising either based upon the title.

Themes from that book carried calls for children to demand “no justice, no peace” and to oppose war and even went so far as to promote the far-left militant group the Zapatista, which has been present within Mexico for nearly three decades.

At the last page of this virtual library – the slide has since been removed – parents were encouraged to “listen, reflect & donate” instead of reaching out to content creators with inquiries about their work.

Rantz’s report noted one of these “content creators” who people should donate to is “Woke Kindergarten:”

“On her page, the content creator published a series of 60-second stories. In one, titled “Rainbow Baby,” Ki uses colors to highlight protests supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. At the end, Ki uses a photo promoting “Police-Free Schools.” In another, “Good Trouble,” Ki uses a photo from March for Our Lives, telling students it’s an example of how you show people you care about their lives.”

Gig Harbor’s Discovery Elementary reportedly didn’t comment on the content featured or links provided to various YouTube channels (like Woke Kindergarten) within the virtual classroom.

Rantz reasonably pointed out that this type of content is “clearly inappropriate for second graders” and that “it shouldn’t take parental complaints for the schools to realize it”.

Which makes perfect sense, since 6- and 7-year-olds cannot possibly grasp the copious amounts of nuance in these topics nor be able to see past the broad-brushing of anti-police messages.

So, do you know what your kids’ schools are teaching them?

It’s not the first time we’ve reported something like this in the past week:

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DUXBURY, MA- A middle school principal showed her students an anti-police propaganda video. The video depicted high profile Black Lives Matter activists, including Colin Kaepernick kneeling on a football field during the National Anthem.

According to reports, Tatyana Semyrog, a concerned parent and who is also running for State Representative, shared the incident as well as screenshots from the presentation via Twitter. The tweet has since been removed from her account, but below is a screenshot of it:

In response, Superintendent John Antonucci explained that he fully supports the principal’s decision to show the anti-police propaganda video. He said:

“In the spirit of fully transparency and honesty, you should know that I fully support Mrs. McGuire and her use of the TV commercial with the students. The commercial is mean to be inspiring and motivating and in fact, I also used it on opening day with our staff.”

He added:

“In addition, it has been widely broadcast on television and the internet all summer, so it is already in the public realm. Although the intent of airing the commercial was not political, I would add that the Duxbury Public Schools is fully committed to promoted anti-racism.”

He continued:

“To shield our students from a topic that is so pervasive in our country right now would be irresponsible and detrimental to students’ education. We will continue to address topics that may make some people uncomfortable, which is an important part of the learning process.”

The superintendent stated that shielding their students from this relevant topic would be irresponsible, but what is really irresponsible is only showing their students one side of the story or presenting BLM as something that is not divisive when many large cities across the country are literally burning to the ground during violent protests.

It is also irresponsible to teach students that they live in a country filled with racist people and racist police officers or to tell them that if they do not support BLM then they do not support black lives.

The superintendent stated that as a school they will continue to address topics that might make some people uncomfortable.

If they plan to have the uncomfortable conversations about police using excessive force and systemic racism, are they willing to have the uncomfortable conversations about the true facts and evidence surrounding officer-involved shooting cases?

And that in many of those incidents the individual had prior convictions, a warrant for arrest, a weapon on them, and/or that they did not listen to the officer when they were given verbal commands?

Will they also be discussing the murder of David Dorn at the hands of BLM protesters or the fact that Colin Kaepernick has never even voted in an election before?

If the superintendent claims they are going to continue to have these uncomfortable situations and not shield their students from the issues happening across the country right now, why are they not educating their students on the bigger picture?

Why are they not telling all sides of the stories?

Why are they not educating their students that the First Amendment allows people to peacefully protest and push for change, but that it does not give people the right to physically assault law enforcement officers who are still standing and trying their hardest to serve and protect their communities. 

The response from the superintendent is alarming and disheartening. Many of America’s cities are burning and suffering from looting, vandalism, and destruction of property to locally owned businesses.

Law enforcement officers are being assaulted and gravely disrespected to the point where they can no longer protect and serve their communities to the best of their ability.

People are being murdered by the dozens within days, including young children under the age of 13. True education requires teachers and administrators to have all of the uncomfortable conversations, not just the ones they believe are important because of their own bias and prejudices.    

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Here is another article from Law Enforcement Today about a teacher who told their students that it is more common for police to shoot at people of color:

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GLASTONBURY, CT- An Open Letter to the Glastonbury (CT) Board of Education:

Law Enforcement Today represents the nearly 800,000 police officers across the United States of America. Those officers currently have a bullseye on their back, due to the selfish act of one officer in Minneapolis.

Like most of the country, an overwhelming majority of those officers condemn what happened to George Floyd at the hands of that one officer.

However, that does not matter.

All police officers nationwide have been painted as racists. That narrative has been driven by the media, by politicians, and now sadly by our public schools, in this case the public schools in Glastonbury, Connecticut.

If you look at television and wonder why all these young high school and college students appear to absolutely hate police officers and authority, look no further than our educational institutions.

Kids have been becoming increasingly radicalized by far-left educators that teach in our public schools, as well as our colleges. The current spate of violent protests is what they have given us. 

These officers are not only public servants. They are husbands and wives, sons and daughters, moms, and dads. They are the softball coach, the karate instructor, and the Big Brother or Big Sister.

They raise untold amounts of money for charities such as the Special Olympics, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, and untold others. They run toy drives at Christmas so that children who would not otherwise enjoy a joyful holiday can get toys. They help out in soup kitchens and food banks.

These officers have children who attend YOUR schools.

We have become aware of a new social justice and anti-racism addition to the Summer Learning website in Glastonbury. While it is important for children to understand racism and the importance of acceptance, the summer learning curriculum directed toward three-to-five-year old preschoolers is appalling.

Report: Seattle schools teaching police-bashing lessons to second grade students
Superintendent Bookman FB Post photo Facebook screenclip

Contained within resources for parents is the following suggestion for talking to children about “Racism, Police Brutality and Protests.”

First of all, the introduction to the webpage entitled Aha! Parenting is speaking about the deaths of black men and woman at the hands of police.”

Contained therein, there is a sentence which says the following that is factually incorrect and does not provide proper context.

“My community of parents are different races (and genders, and sexualities), but we are all feeling devastated. This is made worse by our memories, not so long ago, of the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and 12-year old Tamir Rice, followed by the acquittals of the police officers who shot them.

The first, most-glaring error involves Michael Brown. Brown had just robbed a convenience store and assaulted the owner. When police attempted to stop Brown, he got involved in a scuffle with the officer and tried to grab his firearm. This was by all intents and purposes a totally justified shooting and in fact the officer was cleared of any wrongdoing.

The second error involves Eric Garner. Garner was not shot by New York City police…so there’s that.

Finally, the death of Tamir Rice, while a tragedy, was made possible in part because he had in his possession a facsimile firearm. When police were dispatched to an incident involving a gun, anything resembling a firearm is considered a threat. Sadly, this young man possessed such a facsimile.

The piece then goes on to recall an incident involving Sen. Corey Booker (D-NJ) where he was pulled over years ago. The piece makes sure to note that Booker was a Stanford graduate and honored as a Rhodes Scholar. Driving a vehicle that was similar to the stolen vehicle and matching the description of the car thief, Booker was detained for about a half-hour, then released.

The article said he was “jumped by six police officers with their guns drawn.”

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Then we get to the curriculum for three-to-five-year-olds in dealing with the George Floyd situation as an example.

The piece says, “Then give basic facts. For example:

“A police officer was arresting a man named George. He pressed his knee into George’s neck for a long time and it killed George. The officer was very wrong to do this.

“The police officer was White, and George was Black. It is much more common for police officers to hurt and kill people of color [which has statistically shown to be a lie].

Some people think that the officer would not have killed George if he had been White. That would be terrible, right? That maybe if he had not been African American, the officer might not have killed him? Naturally, that makes people very angry and they are marching to say this needs to change.

“Most of the protests are peaceful. Some of the demonstrators are so angry, though, that they are destroying property, including attacking police stations, or breaking into stores [not to mention stealing other people’s property and burning buildings down].

In one city (St. Louis) someone even shot bullets at the police; luckily, the injuries were minor. [except for the one that killed retired police captain David Dorn]. But is that ever okay? (Wait to see what your child says).

“Anyone would be angry that police officers killed an unarmed man. I feel very angry about that. And it is important to stand up for what is right, to gather and protest. But some of the demonstrators are so angry at the police officers that they are not using their words. It is never okay to burn property or take things that aren’t yours.

“Naturally, when the protesters burn the police building, that is threatening to the police department. Fear makes people do bad things. And some police officers are angry that they are being criticized. So, some are misusing their power and hurting demonstrators even when the demonstrators are trying to be peaceful in their protests. (emphases added).”

Further down in the “lesson” (let’s call it propaganda though, because that is what it really is), the piece says:

“And (in the case of George Floyd) then the police tried to hide what happened.

The police never lied about what happened. Video of the incident was released right away, so even if police were inclined to “lie about it,” the video evidence was there.

It gets worse of course as the grade levels get higher. In the elementary school portion, it alleges:

“Police officers are also more afraid of people of color, and fear makes people do bad things. And I think sometimes police officers assume that they can use illegal force against an African American person and get away with it, when they wouldn’t do so to a White person.”

The lesson plan excuses away looting even while saying it is “wrong.” It propagates the lie that “most protests are peaceful” and says:

“Many police departments are not handling the protests well. Many are frightened of being attacked [probably because they are being attacked, with cars, guns, knives, and bricks]. Some of them are responding with violence, even to protesters who are not being violent. There are many accounts from reporters who have seen police officers assault peaceful protesters.”

Preteens and teens are given the quote attributed to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, “A riot is the language of the unheard,” which is being totally taken out of context, according to his niece Alveda King.

Over the past nearly 30 years, police departments across the country have worked hard to engage with students in school through a variety of School Resource Officer programs. What this program did is humanize police by having them in the schools, eating lunch with children (including inner city children by the way), playing basketball, teaching classes, and just showing the human side of policing.

What the Glastonbury Public Schools is doing is demonizing police and is going to make children afraid of them. When you see how young people are treating police officers in these “peaceful protests” taking place across the country, it is no wonder they are showing zero respect to the officers. They are being indoctrinated, apparently now at the early ages, that police are the enemy, are out to kill people and cannot be trusted.

Law Enforcement Today became aware of this due to a Facebook Post that was forwarded to us. In that Facebook post, written by someone close to a law enforcement officer, the following was written:

Report: Seattle schools teaching police-bashing lessons to second grade students
Facebook Post photo Facebook screenclip

Then below that, the following: 

He doesn’t enjoy writing tickets—but you didn’t know

He cried when he found your daughter lying in a ditch, high on meth—but you didn’t know

He was devastated when he found the 32-year-old veteran dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound—but you didn’t know

He missed his kids birthdays, school plays and family trips because he had to work—but you didn’t know

He had nightmares about the 2-year-olde he found crushed under a truck tire while mom was inside buying dope—but  you didn’t know

He is never comfortable at social gatherings because with the things he has seen, he can’t trust anyone—but you didn’t know

He has seen things you could never imagine—but you didn’t know

He really didn’t like putting people in jail—but you didn’t know

His job is hard on his family—but you didn’t know.

The Superintendent of Schools in Glastonbury is a man named Alan Bookman. As the writer of the Facebook post said, “don’t just send out links so you can check a box.”

The Glastonbury Police Department is a nationally accredited police department through CALEA and was one of the first in the State of Connecticut to be so designated, having achieved its initial accreditation in 1986.

For the superintendent of that community to throw all police departments and police officers under the bus by approving the implementation of this summer curriculum is an insult to the very department charged with protecting his schools. Teaching this propaganda to our most vulnerable students is an outrage.

This is what departments are facing now nationwide. Children of all ages are being taught to distrust police, believe all police are racist killers, and those who try to kill them in return are just exercising their rights to protest.

Bookman should be ashamed of himself. It’s small wonder parents are pulling their kids out of the public school indoctrination factories and educating them at home. 

We’ll standby for the apology.

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