School superintendent threatening to punish or terminate teachers for having attended Washington, DC protest

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The following article contains editorial content written by a retired Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today. 

JEFFERSON COUNTY, WV- In the 1700’s, American patriots were persecuted by a tyrannical British government. Pushed to the brink, the then-colonists had enough and pushed back. Colonists who wanted the ability to do things such as freely assemble, worship as they pleased, and be secure in their homes signed a document called the Declaration of Independence.

Persecution…we thought it ended when we gained our independence from the British crown. Apparently not, at least if you’re a conservative who loves their country. Ask teachers in Jefferson County, West Virginia, according to The Spectator.

Let’s get this out of the way. The attack on the US Capitol Building by several hundred idiots was wrong. They should be identified, prosecuted and put in jail. However, there were hundreds of thousands of people outside the Capitol on January 6; much less than one-percent were responsible for what happened. That matters not to those on the political left.

The beauty of the United States of America has always been our ability to engage in healthy debate without resorting to violence. It is the hallmark of our Republic. Every four years, we hold an election for the leader of our country, which is settled at the ballot box, not with guns. No matter our political differences, we debate, try to reach common ground if possible, and live our lives. Not anymore.

The incident in Washington, DC on the 6th was not encouraged or endorsed. However that doesn’t stop those who hate President Trump.

His political enemies, the entire radical left in the country (because clearly there are no more moderates left in the Democratic Party) are blaming him for the violence at the Capitol. They are claiming he “incited an insurrection.”

To what end? Despite their words of “unity,” the opposition is trying to crush their opponent(s). The pepper spray had not even cleared from the Capitol before Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and the usual assortment of nuts were talking impeachment and/or 25th Amendment.

Moreover, calls were being made far and wide in the left-wing echo chambers such as CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, the Washington Post and the rest of Democratic state media to punish Trump supporters.

Punish Trump supporters? You mean the ones (if they truly were Trump supporters) who stormed the Capitol building?

No. Everyone who attended the rally/protest, including those who were there to merely exercise their First Amendment rights of peaceful assembly.

Jefferson County, West Virginia is a dead red county. The voters in that county overwhelmingly voted to reelect Donald Trump.

That matters not to the school superintendent in that county, who is threatening to fire any teacher who attended the event. Persecution for a political movement or view which this bureaucrat doesn’t agree with.

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According to WFMD:

Nearly 30 teachers in Jefferson County, West Virginia that attended the rally at the Capital [sic] in Washington DC on Wednesday are now being threatened with termination.

A letter was sent to the teachers by Jefferson County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bondy Shay Gibson.

In the letter, the teachers are told to report to a meeting on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 where disciplinary action, including termination, will be discussed. The teachers are encouraged to bring a representative with them. The teachers were also told to not enter any Jefferson County School’s property or attend any school activity.

Time was, a teacher attending such an event would be encouraged, given the historical significance of the day. There have been no allegations made that any of these teachers had been among those who breached the US Capitol. They merely attended the event, which was overwhelmingly peaceful with the exception of the breach on the Capitol.

This type of response from a school official should scare the bejeezus out of every patriotic American who believes in the rule of law and who believes in the United States Constitution. Getting threatened with discipline including termination for exercising First Amendment rights is beyond the pale.

Gibson’s threat is clearly illegal and unconstitutional. Under the First Amendment, the right of peaceful assembly is clearly spelled out. The reason freedom of the press, religion and assembly are in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution is because our founders believed those rights to be the most precious of all.

The fact that Gibson is obviously a left-wing loon who disagrees with the president doesn’t give her the right to impose her own political beliefs on her employees. Unless she can prove that any of these educators in fact breached the Capitol and engaged in illegal activity, she’s blowing smoke. This is noting but a move to intimidate her employees and discourage political discourse. So much for education. 

We’re fairly certain that based on Gibson’s apparent bias, she would have had no problem if her teachers had participated in Black Lives Matter protests, even the ones which turned violent. Because after all, that’s a cause she can believe in! Hypocrite. 

Equally disturbing, Gibson has apparently authorized surveillance of social media accounts of district employees in order to keep tabs on their activities. Clearly the identification of teachers who attended the rallies were gained through being tagged in posts or images on social media; otherwise how else would she know? Unless of course another left-wing rat “dimed out” the attendees.

The fact this is taking place in a “dead red” community in West Virginia should serve as a wakeup call to people living anywhere else. As we have seen this past week, liberals have become emboldened. When they delete the account of the President of the United States and eliminate his ability to post on social media OR send emails to his supporters, what isn’t beyond these tyrants?

When tech tyrants get alternative platforms shut down, when someone from CNN is suggesting to cable and satellite companies that networks such as Fox News, Fox Business, OANN and Newsmax be removed from their platforms, is there anything these people won’t do?

They are trying to control every facet of our lives. What we can watch, where we can go, what news we can see and apparently what causes we can protest for.

“Bring the country together?” More like July 4, 1776.

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